FIRST ON THE BLOG: Just as the title says… Get ready KLAS. Because KVVU is about to expand into two different timeslots that will compete against your station. It’s a morning and afternoon expansion.
First, the afternoon. Starting Monday April 18th, KVVU 5 is expanding to afternoons with an hour-long 4:00pm newscast. FOX 5 News at 4:00 will compete against KLAS 8 (CBS)’s already-established hour-long 4:00pm newscast. This will lead into Las Vegas’ first-ever two and a half-hour continuous news block as KVVU 5 will soon air news on weeknights from 4:00-6:30pm, including Las Vegas’ ONLY 5:30pm local newscast. No official word as to who will anchor the news or deliver the weather, but I believe that FOX 5 Weather 24/7 will be delivered by Chief Meteorologist Ted Pretty. Anchors will possibly be named later because I don’t think that KVVU 5 will have their main lead anchors, (as they say, Emmy-award winner) John Huck and Christine Maddela anchor another show as they already anchor from 5:00-6:30pm plus another 90 minutes from 10:00-11:30pm. But we’ll see how that goes.
By the way, because of this, Ellen will be bumped up to 3:00pm as that show will kick off TMZ LIVE from the 3:00pm timeslot, but will be bumped up to 2:00pm. TMZ and Crazy Talk will be kicked off the 2:00pm timeslot, but the programs will remain at 7:30pm and 12:30am, respectively.
The second and last point is the morning. On the next day, Tuesday April 19th (I don’t know why), KVVU 5 will expand its morning newscast, FOX 5 News This Morning, by an extra half-hour and will begin at 4:00am, which will also compete against KLAS 8’s already-established morning newscast at 4:00am for local news in that timeslot in the market. The newscast is anchored by Dave Hall (4:30-7:00am), Maria Silva (ex-KVBC/KSNV anchor; 4:30-9:00am), Monica Jackson (7:00-9:00am) and Jason Feinberg (7:00-9:00am). FOX 5 Weather 24/7 comes from weather anchor Cassandra Jones and FOX 5 Traffic Solutions with traffic anchor Ken Smith.
So yes, more local news from the ONLY news department in town that hasn’t changed owners in recent years, bringing it a stable news operation for the station and possibly better ratings for it. I like this move.