FIRST ON THE BLOG: A small change to report from Coastal North Carolina, but the change could be short lived come 2017.
Recently, WILM 10 has added a simulcast of WRAL 5 (NBC) in Raleigh’s Sunday morning newscast at 8:00am. WRAL News Sunday Morning can now be seen in the Wilmington area for an hour from 8:00-9:00am, but the 7:00am hour is not seen on WILM 10 as that remains exclusive to WRAL 5. In terms of competition, its the ONLY weekend morning newscast at that timeslot in the area since WECT 6 (NBC)’s Sunday morning newscast doesn’t begin until 9:00am.
However, this new addition could potentially be short lived as of yesterday, it was announced that WILM 10 is expected to lose its CBS affiliation on January 1st, 2017 and is expected to move to WWAY 3.2, the current home of The CW, which will then move to WWAY 3.3. WWAY 3.1 will continue to be the home for ABC. This leaves WILM 10 without a major affiliation left as WWAY 3 will now be home to ABC, CBS and CW with WECT 6 for NBC, WSFX 26 for FOX and analog station W47CK / “WMYW” 47 for MyNetwork TV.
With this affiliation change, this could mean that WILM 10 could drop all simulcasts from WRAL 5’s newscasts, even though both WILM 10 and WRAL 5 are owned and operated by Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting Company. Programming plans would be announced in the fall but its potentially probably the case that WILM 10 would become an Independent with Me-TV on 10.2, but we’ll see how this goes.
Other than this, there are no other major additions or expansions to report on at this time. If anything changes with WILM 10 in terms of newscasts due to the loss of CBS, this blog will surely let you know.