WZVN is going back to airing local news at 5:30 p.m.

WZVN-TV 26 / Naples – Ft. Myers – Cape Coral (“ABC 7”)

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)…


3 thoughts on “WZVN is going back to airing local news at 5:30 p.m.

  1. Why do most of the TV stations in the Fort Myers TV Market have UHF frequencies? What would happen if the Fort Myers TV stations were to use VHF frequencies? Would VHF frequencies in UHF TV Markets such as Huntsville, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Fresno and so forth interfere with TV signals in other TV Markets?


  2. I guess all the channels were taken:

    Tampa has 3, 8, 10, and 13
    Orlando has 2, 6, and 9
    West Palm has 5 and 12
    Miami has 2, 4, 6, 7, and 10

    Leaving Ft Myers with just channel 11; the VHF stations had to be protected from interference back in the day.


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