FIRST ON THE BLOG: WIBW has been known as Kansas’ News Leader. Well… at least in the capital city of Topeka anyways. Now, what they are trying to do is to bring back an afternoon newscast and this time at 4:30 p.m.
Starting Monday October 19th, 2015, WIBW 13 will launch a half-hour 4:30 p.m. weekday newscast called 13 News – Eye on Northeast Kansas at 4:30. The new newscast will deliver the latest news and weather, but according to what WIBW 13 told me on their Facebook page in a post, it will contain more of a focus on current events and guests, similar to a news/talk/discussion program, but keeping it traditional, which is also similar to their former newscast 13 News at 4:00, which was discontinued last year. WIBW 13 veteran Ralph Hipp will anchor the new program.
The new program will be solely by themselves as KSNT 27 (NBC), KTKA 49 (ABC) and KTMJ-CD 43 (FOX) all air syndicated programming at that time. WIBW 13 is expected to continue their half-hour 5:00 p.m. newscast, 13 News – LIVE at 5:00, which will effectively compete against KSNT 27.
There’s not much details on this, however, its a return to afternoon news for WIBW 13. And that’s good to hear.