FIRST ON THE BLOG: If you’re looking for a great morning newscast to watch in Southwestern Georgia with the latest news, traffic and weather to start your day off right, then don’t go or even look for WFXL. As of last week, it’s over.
As of Friday January 22nd, WFXL 31 has stopped and discontinued airing its 4-hour weekday morning newscast, previously known as FOX 31 News – Good Day. The newscast was previously on from 5:00-9:00am and was home to the area’s ONLY 4-hour morning newscast as well as the ONLY local morning news from 7:00-9:00am. However, as of this week, it’s no longer the case and the only local morning news on the air for the area is long-time leader WALB 10 (NBC/ABC)’s WALB News 10’s Today in Georgia and WSWG 44 (CBS/MyTV/CW)’s WCTV Eyewitness News Daybreak at 5:00am and WCTV Eyewitness News – The Good Morning Show at 6:00am, even though the newscast comes from WCTV 6 (CBS/MyTV) in Tallahassee, making WALB 10’s morning newscast as the ONLY locally-produced morning newscast in Albany and Southwestern Georgia.
This is what WFXL 31, in a sort of small but official statement, had to say on Facebook last Friday about the reason for cancelling Good Day:
“We hope you were able to join us for this morning’s finale of Good Day.
We want to take a moment to thank everyone who has been a part of Good Day, from our guests who shared their stories with us to all of the viewers who joined us every morning.
FOX 31 will still be here to bring you the news that matters to you and the rest of south Georgia. You can always find the latest news on WFXL.com, the FOX 31 mobile app and FOX 31 News at 10.”
Brian Perkins, WFXL 31’s News Manager said about this to one responder on Facebook and potentially hints the reason as to why the newscast was cancelled:
“Unfortunately, it was difficult to produce enough compelling, relevant, local content over four hours each morning. So we’re refocusing our efforts on doing great reporting that can be found on FOX 31 News at 10, WFXL.com, and our FOX 31 mobile app.”
So there you go. Not enough content for 4 hours. They’ve could’ve shortened it to two hours from 7:00-9:00am and kept the morning newscast. But oh well, all is now lost.
So there will no longer be a Good Day in Southwestern Georgia. It sucks, but for now, we must move on.