FIRST ON THE BLOG: There are plenty of cutbacks to local TV stations happening at Entravision. Most of those cutbacks are shuffling local newscasts to other cities and in most, axing the local morning newscasts (which were briefs really by Entravision). And this one is no exception…
One of Entravision’s few English stations, KFXV 67, has pulled the plug on its weekday morning newscast, FOX 2 News – Good Day Valley. The newscast was on from 7:00-8:00 a.m. and was the ONLY option for local morning news after 7:00 a.m. in the Rio Grande Valley, but now there are none with this axing. The market is now down to just 2 stations with weekday morning newscasts, KGBT 4 (CBS)’s CBS 4 News Sunrise from 5:00-7:00 a.m. and long-time leader KRGV 5 (ABC)’s Channel 5 News This Morning from 4:30-7:00 a.m. KVEO 23 (NBC) doesn’t air a weekday morning newscast, since their newscasts are produced by KTSM 9 (NBC) out of El Paso. The morning newscast has since been replaced by repeats from the previous day of the Steve Harvey version of Family Feud from 7:00-8:00 a.m. (two episodes)
KFXV 67 does retain their weeknight-ONLY half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. called FOX 2 News at 9:00 which is anchored by Oscar Margain and Hannah MacKenzie with Weather from weather anchor Freddy Vela and Sports with Luis Ortiz. This does remain as the area’s ONLY primetime newscast in the Rio Grande Valley.
KFXV 67 is just one of a few stations across Entravision that has had to axe their local morning newscasts, as stations in D.C. (WFDC 14), San Diego (KBNT 17) and others were affected, including those that produced small news briefs in the morning during Univision’s Despierta America (which btw is on at the same time as Today, weekdays from 7:00-11:00 a.m.) as those had to be axe’d too. Not only that, Entravision has shifted local news production in several cities to save money. For example, local news in New Mexico (KLUZ 41) has been shifted to Denver (KCEC 50), Tampa Bay’s (WVEA 62) was shifted to Orlando’s (WVEN 26), etc.
Not a good time for those local newscasts that are produced by Entravision. At least KFXV 67 still has an offering… key word: STILL.