WKPT is ready to shut down its news operations after its loses ABC to WJHL.

WKPT-TV 19 / Kingsport – Johnson City – Bristol, TN – Bristol, VA (“ABC 19 WKPT”)

It’s been a doozy few weeks for affiliation switches already this year and the market of the Tri-Cities in Tennessee and Virginia will see an affiliation switch of its own. And unfortunately, thanks to a local station being owned by a small family-owned company, it loses a major network affiliation and therefore, local news is over on this station…

After next week’s newscasts on WKPT 19, the whole news department will shut down for good. Currently, WKPT 19 only carries weekday newscasts in the morning from 6:00-7:00am and half-hour weeknight newscasts at 6:00 and 11:00pm plus a public affairs show on Sundays at 6:30pm called A Closer Look, which is scheduled to air its final edition on Sunday January 31st with the shut down of the news department. All local newscasts on WKPT 19 will end on Friday January 29th.

This comes after WKPT 19 lost its ABC affiliation over to WJHL 11 (CBS) which will carry ABC on its second digital subchannel, WJHL 11.2. This came after WKPT 19’s owners at Glenwood Communications Corporation agreed to an affiliate extension with ABC but ABC refused and wanted to explore other options in the market, wanting to be on a station owned by a larger TV broadcast group and so WJHL 11 prevailed with WJHL 11 owned by Media General.

I’m not sure as to what new newscasts will WJHL 11 do or simulcast for its second digital subchannel, WJHL 11.2 which will soon be known as ABC Tri-Cities. The affiliation changes will take place on Monday February 1st, at which point, WKPT 19 will be home to My Network TV. Me-TV, which was previously carried on WJHL 11.2, will be seen on WKPT 19.2 which will simulcast Me-TV on low-power Class A station WAPK-CD 36.

This is another interesting affiliation switch to look forward to and one to keep a close eye on.

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8 thoughts on “WKPT is ready to shut down its news operations after its loses ABC to WJHL.

  1. They should have moved their 11:00pm newscast to 10:00pm and have morning news from 7:00am to 9:00am or maybe WKPT should have switch to FOX.

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  2. Its unfortunate that locally owned family stations can not keep up with huge corporate media. This is why corporations need to stay away from the media.

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  3. Titan TV and Zap 2 IT don’t have WJHL ABC affiliate listings yet. I wonder what time WJHL will have their newscasts on for their ABC affiliate?

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  4. Titan and Zap 2 It TV Listings still shows that Good Day Tri-Cities will still be on at 9:00am after WKPT loses its ABC affiliation so I don’t know if WKPT completely shut down its news they still might have Good Day Tri Cities as a local program from 9:00am tom 9:30am.

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  5. Upsetting bc now I can’t watch general hospital. I’ve watched this show since I was a child with my grandmother. I can’t afford cable/satelite and was happy with just this one channel. My antenna does not pick up any of the 11 channels. 1 or 2. Not cool at all!!!

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