FIRST ON THE BLOG: WCJB has been known for long-time as having the ONLY fully-functional and fully-staffed news department in Gainesville, the home of the University of Florida (where I’ll be studying starting in 2017 for mass communications / journalism) and therefore, winning every single newscast. Now, WCJB will expand to offer more Gainesville-centric news.
Starting Monday January 18th, WCJB 20 will expand its early-evening news coverage to 5:00pm and it will rebrand its 5:00pm hour as WCJB-TV 20 News – 5 LIVE. The announcement was made by WCJB 20’s lead anchor, David Snyder, in this announcement:
The newscast will be competing against WOGX 51 (FOX)’s FOX 51 News at 5:00 (which in reality is a simulcast of WOFL 35 (FOX) in Orlando’s FOX 35 News at 5:00), but it will become the ONLY Gainesville-focused newscast on at that timeslot in the market.
Expect either Paige Beck and/or David Snyder (two long-time WCJB 20 veterans) to anchor the new hour-long newscast with the latest weather from AMS & NWA/Sealed Chief Meteorologist Bill Quinlan (another WCJB 20 veteran).
So yes, more Gainesville news is coming and it will be on WCJB 20, the area’s #1-rated news station.