Get ready for even more local morning news from KDVR. But not just in the morning, but even a new one on midday as well.
Starting Monday April 11th, KDVR 31 is expanding its weekday morning newscast, FOX 31 Denver News – Good Day Colorado, to an extra half-hour. It will finally join the other “BIG Three” stations (KCNC 4 – CBS, KMGH 7 – ABC and KUSA 9 – NBC) in offering local morning newscasts at 4:30am but will leave its own sister station, KWGN 2 (CW) to continue to start at 5:00am.
But not only that, KDVR 31 will also debut a half-hour midday newscast at 11:00am on the same day with FOX 31 Denver News Midday. This newscast will compete against KUSA 9’s half-hour 11:00am midday newscast on its sister station KTVD 20 (MyTV) and the first half-hour of KMGH 7’s hour-long 11:00am midday newscast.
Brooke Wagner and Kirk Yuhnke will anchor the new half-hour at 4:30am and the new midday newscast at 11:00am. FOX 31 Denver Pinpoint Weather NWA/Sealed Meteorologist Greg Dutra will also be available for both broadcasts. FOX 31 Denver Timesaver Traffic‘s Ken Clark will also continue to the new 4:30am newscast and will ONLY be on from 4:30-9:00am.
According to the station, KDVR 31 will soon broadcast 44.5 hours of local news per week, which they say is 9.5 more hours than any other station in Denver television. Combined with their sister station, KWGN 2, it will produce 69.5 hours of local news per week.
KDVR 31 and KWGN 2’s Vice President and General Manager, Joan Barrett (who recently came over from KWCH 12 – CBS and KSCW 33 – CW in Wichita):
“The FOX 31 team is committed to providing news when and where our viewers need it. The earlier morning start and a midday newscast are ways we believe we can better serve Coloradans and we will continue to look for more opportunities in the future.”
KDVR 31 and KWGN 2’s Vice President of News and Digital Content:
“Morning news is becoming more and more important and a lot of people tune in early. In order to be competitive and to give our viewers what they want, we need to start at 4:30 a.m. We also believe there is an appetite for mid-day news and we can easily deliver in the 11 a.m. time period.”
So yes, even more more and new midday news is coming to KDVR 31, a station that has taken forever to expand in the morning, but will finally do so. All I can say is… it’s about time!