If you’re looking for more afternoon news in Kansas City, then look no further because pretty soon, KMBC and KCWE will offer that for you in two different time periods.
Starting Monday April 25th, KMBC 9 will be adding an hour-long 4:00pm newscast with KMBC 9 News at 4:00. The newscast is expected to compete against KCTV 5 (CBS)’s already-established hour-long 4:00pm newscast for local news in the market. KSHB 41 (NBC) also does news at 4:00pm but in a different nontraditional format with The NOW K.C. No word yet as to who will anchor the news or deliver the weather in that timeslot.
With this addition, KMBC 9 is making programming changes starting on that day. First off, it will push Ellen back to 3:00pm which will kick off Steve Harvey with it being pushed back to 2:00pm while the now-canceled The Meredith Vieira Show is being pushed off and put on overnights until the show ends its run next month.
This is the schedule that KMBC 9 has provided for its new afternoon and early-evening schedule:
- 12:00 PM: The Chew (remains in that timeslot)
- 1:00 PM: General Hospital (remains in that timeslot)
- 2:00 PM: Steve Harvey (bumped up from 3:00pm)
- 3:00 PM: Ellen (bumped up from 4:00pm)
- 4:00 PM: KMBC 9 News at 4:00 (NEW)
- 5:00 PM: KMBC 9 News at 5:00 (remains in that timeslot)
- 5:30 PM: ABC World News TONIGHT with David Muir (remains in that timeslot)
- 6:00 PM: KMBC 9 News at 6:00 (remains in that timeslot)
- 6:30 PM: Entertainment TONIGHT (remains in that timeslot)
This ain’t the only expansion KMBC 9 is making…
Starting on the exact same day, Monday April 25th, KMBC 9 will be expanding its half-hour 9:00pm newscast on its sister station KCWE 29 (CW) to a full hour, 7 nights a week. The extra half-hour at 9:30pm will now allow KMBC 9 News at 9:00 on KCWE to compete fully with WDAF 4 (FOX)’s already-established and long-dominant, hour-long and nightly 9:00pm newscast as well as KCTV 5’s half-hour and nightly 9:00pm newscast on its sister station KSMO 62 (MyTV) for local news at that timeslot in the market.
With these two additions, KMBC 9 will now air 51 hours of local news produced each week on both KMBC 9 and KCWE 29.
KMBC 9 and KCWE 29’s President and General Manager, Sarah Smith:
“KMBC has built a strong reputation as a leader in local news coverage.Our viewers expect convenient access to credible and relevant news and information. The launch of our new 4 p.m. newscast will provide them with another opportunity to receive the important local news content they want and deserve. The expansion of KMBC 9 News at 9 p.m. on KCWE to one hour will allow us to extend the depth of our coverage and deliver more news and weather.”
KMBC 9’s News Director, Sherrie Brown:
“Important stories break throughout the day in Kansas City and these additional hours of coverage give us more opportunities to connect local viewers to what’s happening now. Viewers count on us to deliver more of what they need and value from journalists they know and trust. Our news expansion efforts are a natural extension of our promise to keep viewers informed around the clock, whether it’s on our air, or streamed on KMBC.com and our mobile apps. It’s convenient access to important news, weather and information, any time, any place.”
KMBC 9 does remind viewers that all of their newscasts are available on-air, through cable and satellite providers and streaming live on KMBC.com, the KMBC 9 News app and the NewsON app for Apple, Android, Roku and other devices.
Another great addition from a news team that’s been #1 for decades. KMBC 9 already does excellent work and will continue to do so with these expansions.