WTVT expands their weekday morning news while WTSP discontinues their Saturday morning news.

WTVT 13 / Tampa – St. Petersburg (“FOX 13”)
WTSP 10 / St. Petersburg – Tampa (“10 News”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Some good news and bad news for those in the Tampa Bay area, but depending on what station you watch, this could be good news overall.

The good news is just recently, WTVT 13 has expanded their weekday morning newscast by a half-hour earlier, to 4:00 a.m. FOX 13 News – Good Day Tampa Bay at 4:00 a.m. is now the second station in the market, after WFLA 8 (NBC)’s NewsChannel 8 Today, which expanded to 4:00 a.m. earlier last month, to air local news in that timeslot in the area. FOX 13 News – Good Day Tampa Bay is now on for a whopping 6 hours from 4:00-10:00 a.m., weekday mornings.

The bad news is that WTSP 10 has discontinued their hour-long Saturday morning newscast. 10 News This Morning was seen from 7:00-8:00 a.m. on Saturdays and competed against the other major stations in the market, WFLA 8, WTVT 13 and WFTS 28 (ABC). The newscast was more likely canceled due to low ratings and E/I programming has since taken over the timeslot. However, WTSP 10 continues to produce a half-hour Sunday morning newscast at 8:30 a.m. that’s in conjunction with The Tampa Bay Times, one of Tampa Bay’s two major newspapers as the program is effectively known as 10 News Sunday Morning with The Tampa Bay Times.

So good news or bad news, depending on who you watch in the morning. IMO, if I lived in Tampa Bay, I would be watching WTVT 13, so the WTSP 10 Saturday morning discontinuation wouldn’t bother me at all.

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4 thoughts on “WTVT expands their weekday morning news while WTSP discontinues their Saturday morning news.

  1. In a WMFL universe WTVT would be a WMFL owned TV station. In a WMFL universe WTVT call letters would be WTFL-TV 13. In a WMFL universe WTFL-TV would still be a FOX affiliate like WTVT is in reality. Tampa – St. Petersburg: WTFL ** Channel 13 (FOX; Channel 13 Eyewitness News)

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  2. Earlier this year you posted that WTSP-TV got a 30 minute wimpy Sunday Morning newscast I believe from 8:00am to 8:30am or 8:30am to 9:00am. I wonder if WTSP will no cut that wimpy Sunday Morning newscast. I commented that when WTSP-TV started a Sunday Morning newscast that it was a wimpy newscast but a start because it was only a 30 minute newscast instead of an hour or 2 hour newscast. I guess that wimpy Sunday Morning newscast will be a failure instead of a start because if WTSP is cutting its Saturday Morning newscast then I don’t think the wimpy 30 minute Sunday Morning newscast will make it.

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  3. Before WTVT got a live 4:00am morning newscast they still had a newscast at 4:00am but it was a repeat of the 11:00pm newscast that aired at 4:00am so its not really a news expansion. To me rebroadcasts of newscasts is still news it not live news though.

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