FIRST ON THE BLOG: WAVY is ready to add another local newscast. However, its not for them. Its for WVBT, their sister station. And its not the first time something like this is set up in the area…
Starting Monday March 28th, WAVY 10 will produce and air a LIVE half-hour weeknight 7:00pm newscast, over on its sister station WVBT 43 (FOX). WAVY News 10 at 7:00 on FOX 43 will compete against WTKR 3 (CBS)’s half-hour weeknight 7:00pm newscast over on its sister station WGNT 27 (CW).
The newscast is expected to be anchored by Deanna LeBlanc, previously the weekend evening anchor and the station’s 10 On Your Side consumer reporter and Laura Caso, who joins WAVY 10 from WTLV 12 (NBC)/WJXX 25 (ABC) in Jacksonville. Caso will also anchor the station’s hour-long 4:00pm and half-hour 5:30pm newscasts with WAVY 10 veteran, Stephanie Harris. Caso takes over for Anita Blanton, who will now anchor the station’s 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (WVBT) and 11:00pm newscasts with WAVY 10 veteran Tom Schaad after Nicole Livas left the station to go join her husband in D.C.
This new newscast, alongside with Livas leaving, promoted changes around the anchor schedules. First, as I just mentioned, Anita Blanton takes over for Nicole Livas and will now anchor the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00pm weeknight newscasts on WAVY 10 + the 10:00pm weeknight hour-long newscast on WVBT 43 with Tom Schaad.
Plus, with LeBlanc moving to weeknights at 7:00pm on WVBT 43, Brandi Cummings will take over her place and anchor the weekend 6:00, 10:00 (WVBT 43) and 11:00pm newscasts.
WAVY 10 and WVBT 43’s President and General Manager, Doug Davis:
“Our anchor announcements reflect the outstanding contributions of Anita, Deanna and Brandi and we are pleased to welcome Laura to the WAVY newsroom. With its military bases, shipyards, ports and longer commutes, Hampton Roads is home to many viewers getting home even later every weekday. WAVY News 10 at 7 p.m. on FOX43 is designed for them, with the latest breaking local news and weather delivered by the #1 newsroom in Hampton Roads and we are excited to get started on Monday, March 28.”
So yes, even more weeknight news is coming in Hampton Roads, thanks to WAVY 10. I’m still shaken though as to why at 7:00pm, instead of 6:30pm where there is STILL no local news at that timeslot in the area. I will never know…