I guess the no-9:00 a.m. weekday morning news era in Central Oklahoma was short lived. That’s because KOCO is about to bring it back. Not only that, its going primetime as well.
Starting next Monday, April 4th, KOCO 5 will add 2 newscasts. The first one… an hour-long 9:00am newscast on weekday mornings with KOCO 5 News in the Morning at 9:00am and anchored by the same exact team who already does their weekday morning 4:30-7:00am newscast, Erielle Reshef, Abigail Ogle (shares the namesake with Jack Ogle, WKY/KTVY 4 great and is the daughter of Kevin Ogle, KFOR 4 – NBC and sister of Kent Ogle, KFOR 4 and Kelly Ogle, KWTV 9 – CBS) and First Alert 5 Weather with AMS-CBM/Sealed Meteorologist Brad Sower. Additional reports and forecasts will come from Rob Hughes, Steve Bottari, Markie Martin and First Alert 5 Weather Meteorologist Shelby Hayes.
The newscast is expected to be the ONLY hour-long newscast at that timeslot in the market and the first since KOKH 25 (FOX) discontinued their hour-long 9:00am morning newscast, in favor of their lifestyle morning show Living Oklahoma with former KFOR 4 veteran, Meg Alexander.
Because of this, KOCO 5 is moving The Dr. Oz Show to 2:00pm, displacing the recently cancelled The Meredith Vieira Show to 1:37am (which itself will replace an hour-long block of infomercials in that time period for the remainder of the 2015-16 season).
However, this ain’t the only addition that KOCO 5 is making…
Also starting next Monday, KOCO 5 will be adding a half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00pm on its second digital subchannel, Me-TV Oklahoma City, which is found on KOCO 5.2. KOCO 5 News at 9:00 on Me-TV Oklahoma City will be seen 7 nights a week, including weekends. In terms of competition, this will compete against KFOR 4’s half-hour weeknight-ONLY 9:00pm newscast on its sister station KAUT 43 (Ind.) and already-established and long-dominant KOKH 25’s hour-long and nightly 9:00pm newscast.
At least on weeknights, the 9:00pm newscast will be anchored by Paul Folger and Jessica Schambach. First Alert 5 Weather will be delivered by AMS-CBM/Sealed Chief Meteorologist Damon Lane and Sports from sports director Bryan Keating. The weekend edition will be anchored by Mecca Rayne and Bret Buganski with First Alert 5 Weather from Meteorologist Jonathan Condor and Sports with Carson Cunningham.
If you can’t find Me-TV Oklahoma City, then here’s where you can find it:
- Channel 5.2
- Cox Cable:
- Channel 222
- Suddenlink Communications:
- Check local listings.
So yes, more local news is coming from KOCO 5, a station that used to have the lowest amount of news hours on weekdays. They probably still do, but we’ll see how this turns out.