Unless if you have cable in the D.C. area in which you can get an alternative 10:00pm newscast in the market (NewsChannel 8), there was no alternative as many people watch WTTG for their local news at 10:00pm. However, starting next month, all of that will change.
But there’s a twist to this… the newscast will be based out of Central Virginia.
Starting Monday April 18th, WDCW 50 will be airing D.C.’s second primetime newscast at 10:00pm with DCW 50 News at 10:00. The new half-hour nightly newscast will actually be produced and anchored by WDCW 50’s sister station, WTVR 6 (both stations are owned by Tribune Media). The newscast will feature local reporters, MMJs, sports reporters, photographers and editors that will be based at WDCW 50 in DC to contribute to the new newscast.
The newscast will be traditional with local news, sports and weather as well as national and international news coverage. The news team will be based out of WTVR 6 in Richmond and will be anchored by Candace Burns, who currently anchors WTVR 6’s weeknight 6:00 and 11:00pm newscasts. Weather will be handled by The Weather Authority on CBS 6‘s AMS/Sealed & NWA/Membered Chief Meteorologist Zach Daniel. Sports will be delivered by their sports director, Lane Casadonte.
The weekend anchor team, as well as other general assignment reporters and MMJ’s, will be announced in the coming weeks as a weekend edition will be aired as well.
This new newscast will compete against long-time leader at 10:00pm, WTTG 5 (FOX), for local news at that timeslot in the market. But the D.C. market may soon have another 10:00pm newscast coming in July as WHAG 25 (NBC) is scheduled to lose its NBC affiliation on July 1st and Nexstar is investing $1 million towards its new operation, including adding another 20 hours of local news per week. Its something that they may add to schedule so I’ll keep an eye on it and if they do, I will surely let you know on THE Leader in The Latest News about Local Newscasts.
Anyways, D.C. will FINALLY receive an alternative to WTTG 5’s long-running 10:00pm newscast. I just hope it goes well.