UPDATE (as of 2/2/2016 at 9:10pm)
There is an update for you tonight on the eventual launch of WKBW 7’s weekend morning newscast.
First off, the Sunday morning editions will now be changed. Instead of 6:00 and 8:00am, it will now air at 7:00 and 9:00am with GMA sandwiched in between at 8:00am. This will allow This Week to remain at 10:00am and this came after ABC wanted WKBW 7 to air it that way to avoid competing with NBC’s Meet the Press (WGRZ 2) and CBS’ Sunday Morning (WIVB 4).
There will be competition at 7:00am but WKBW 7 will be the ONLY ones on at 9:00am on Sunday mornings, once it launches. The Saturday edition will remain at 6:00 and 8:00am so no changes there.
WKBW 7’s Vice President and General Manager, Michael Nurse said that the revised Sunday schedule:
“will allow us to more effectively counter program and offer a four-hour news and information block a little later in the morning when more people are watching television.”
However, it won’t launch on Saturday February 27th/Sunday February 28th as planned. The station has delayed the debut until late Spring as a result of focusing its resources elsewhere at the moment.
If we get more updates on this situation, I will let you know on Twitter: @ChangeNewsBlog and on Facebook: “The Changing Newscasts Blog.” You’ll get the most constant updates there. Stay tuned and please take note if you live in the Buffalo area or anywhere around Western New York.
ORIGINAL POST (from 1/26/2016 at 6:35pm)
It was bound to come to WKBW ever since Scripps brought the station in 2014 from Granite. And now its finally happening… with newcomers of course.
Starting Saturday February 27th, WKBW 7 will add two hours of weekend morning news on each weekend day. WKBW 7 will add an hour at 6:00am and another hour at 8:00am, with both hours sandwiched between Good Morning America, which will air LIVE at 7:00am on WKBW 7. In terms of competition, WKBW 7 will compete against WGRZ 2 (NBC) and WIVB 4 (CBS) during the 6:00am hour on Saturdays, as well as on Sundays with the exception that WGRZ 2 starts at 6:30am while WIVB 4 and WKBW 7 will remain to start at 6:00am. For the 8:00am hour, WKBW 7 will be all by themselves as Buffalo’s ONLY 8:00am weekend morning newscast.
The new weekend morning newscasts will be anchored by Ali Touhey with 7 First Alert Weather from Meteorologist Kaylee Wendt. Touhey comes from WROC 8 (CBS) in Rochester as a reporter while Wendt came from WHAM 13 (ABC), also in Rochester, as a meteorologist and weather producer.
WKBW 7’s Vice President and General Manager, Michael Nurse:
“Our viewers don’t take weekends off and mornings are a prime time when they need news and information the most. We are pleased to offer our viewers a fresh new weekend morning news from 6-7 a.m., followed by GMA from 7-8 a.m. and another hour of 7 Eyewitness News from 8-9 a.m. on both weekend days.”
This will be the very first time that WKBW 7 has ever carried a weekend morning newscast, so this is exciting but also VERY interesting to say the least.