WQAD is ready to switch from a rebroadcast to LIVE at 9:00 p.m. on its MyTV digital subchannel.

WQAD-TV 8 / Moline – Rock Island, IL – Davenport – Bettendorf, IA (“WQAD”)
WQAD-DT 8.3 / Moline – Rock Island, IL – Davenport – Bettendorf, IA (“MyTV 8.3”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Usually, you don’t hear about a new newscast coming to a specific market from a blog post about your life or what not. But that’s exactly where I heard about this one and for the first time ever, the Quad Cities will get competition for local news at 9:00pm.

WQAD 8 will switch its 9:00pm news presentation on its MyTV subchannel, WQAD 8.3 (MyTV) which is known as MyTV 8.3, from a rebroadcast of its 5:00pm newscast to a LIVE newscast at 9:00pm called WQAD News 8 at 9:00 on MyTV 8.3. The new half-hour weeknight newscast will be anchored by Angie Sharp, who first made the announcement on her blog at WQAD.com called The Sharp Side (no pun intended).

WQAD’s Angie Sharp, who will helm the new half-hour weeknight 9:00pm broadcast on WQAD 8.3 (MyTV 8.3) starting Monday January 4th, 2016.

The new half-hour newscast will compete against already-established KLJB 18 (FOX)’s nightly half-hour The FOX 18 – 9:00 O’Clock News for local news in that market in the area (I’m hearing that the broadcast may be extended and may switch news partners from KWQC 6 (NBC) to WHBF 4 (CBS) as early as this Thursday, but as soon as I have confirmation, I will post that separately).

It’s funny that I mentioned KLJB 18 in the last paragraph because this is not WQAD 8’s first time in producing a 9:00pm newscast. On August 6th, 2010, WQAD 8 took over newscast production responsibilities on KLJB 18 from the now-defunct INN: The Independent News Network, which was based in Davenport, IA. WQAD 8 and KLJB 18 ended the agreement on December 31st, 2012 and the station started an agreement with KWQC 6 to provide its 9:00pm newscast (again as I mentioned above, it could switch its news partners again as early this week, but nothing’s confirmed yet). So this will basically be a return to WQAD 8 at 9:00pm for the first time in three years.

Competition in Quad Cities primetime news will soon begin. For viewers looking for an alternative option, then WQAD 8 on WQAD 8.3 is the place to be. Enjoy the new year and the new alternative newscast, Quad Cities!

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