FIRST ON THE BLOG: It was only back in May of 2015 when we FIRST reported that WZVN would drop its weeknight 5:00 and 5:30pm newscasts and replacing them with Extra and The Insider. But starting next Monday, one of those former newscasts is coming back.
Starting next Monday, WZVN 26 / Cable 7 (will use 7 for branding purposes) will bring back ABC 7 News at 5:30. The new half-hour newscast will once again air against WINK 11 / Cable 5 (CBS)’s WINK News at 5:30 and ironically, their sister station (through a LMA with Waterman) WBBH 20 / Cable 2 (NBC)’s NBC 2 News at 5:30.
This is a step up for WZVN 7 as it has made just a few changes since dropping the newscast, including moving its 9:00am newscast to 10:00am late last year, only to have moved it back to 9:00am after just a month.
The newscast will be anchored by the current weeknight 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. team of Jeff Butera and Krista Fogelsong plus the latest StormWarn 7 Weather from AMS-CBM & NWA/Sealed Chief Meteorologist John Patrick and sports from Victoria Carmen.
So WZVN 7 is returning to familiar territory, but is hopeful that viewers will tune in this time and catch their 5:30pm news. We’ll find out how this goes (or how long this will last)…