FIRST ON THE BLOG: There are brand new newscasts in Colorado. One is making its return while the other is all brand new.
Just recently, KDVR 31 has reintroduced the Saturday edition of FOX 31 Denver News at 10:00. The half-hour newscast was only available from Sundays-Fridays for a while and before hand, used to have a Saturday 10:00pm newscast until it was canceled for Animation Domination High-Def (which btw, FOX is still running). The newscast has since been reintroduced and competes against KCNC 4 (CBS)’s CBS 4 News at 10:00, KMGH 7 (ABC)’s Denver 7 News at 10:00 and KUSA 9 (NBC)’s 9 News at 10:00 for local news at that timeslot in the market. KDVR 31’s 10:00pm newscast is now available 7 days a week and was the last station in the market to do so.
Another newscast addition in Colorado is in Western Colorado. KFQX 4 has added a weeknight half-hour newscast at 6:30pm called FOX 4 News at 6:30. The newscast is the ONLY local newscast on at that timeslot in the market and KFQX 4 also airs a half-hour weeknight 9:00pm newscast called FOX 4’s First News at 9:00. Other than that, KFQX 4 airs simulcasts of KDVR 31’s morning news from 6:00-9:00am and their nightly hour-long newscast at 9:00pm (tape-delayed at 9:30pm on weeknights, LIVE at 9:00pm on weekends).
KFQX 4’s 6:30 and 9:00pm newscasts are produced by sister station KREX 5 (CBS). This is done because even though KREX 5 is owned by Nexstar Broadcast Group, KFQX 4 is owned by Parker Broadcasting but operated under a LMA by Nexstar. Parker is selling the station to Mission Broadcasting, but is expected to remain operated by Nexstar after the sale, pending FCC approval. Because KREX 5 already operates KFQX 4, they become sister stations and that’s how KREX 5 can produce half-hour weeknight news at 6:30 and 9:00pm for KFQX 4.
So yes, even more news in Colorado. No changes were made in Southern Colorado (Colorado Springs – Pueblo), so all is good.