FIRST ON THE BLOG: A change to TV and to TV news is in the air for Western Nebraska. Gray announced these moves several months ago and this upcoming Thursday, it all becomes real.
Starting Thursday May 5th, KDUH 4, which was long the home for ABC programming as a semi-satellite of KOTA Territory, will become a station of its own by changing its callsign to KNEP, remaining on Channel 4 and will become an NBC affiliate under NBC Nebraska Scottsbluff, a name already used by other NBC affiliates in Gray, including KNOP 2 in North Platte which goes by NBC Nebraska North Platte and KSNB 4 in Lincoln/Hastings/Grand Island which goes by simply, NBC Nebraska and is the original station that now encompasses the three-station network.
The station aired its last newscasts under KOTA Territory tonight and by Thursday, will stop airing ABC programming in place of NBC programming. Also, instead of carrying local news from Rapid City, it will start carrying its own local news for Scottsbluff and Western Nebraska and the so-called Nebraska Panhandle.
The station will air local news, 7 days a week under three weekday newscasts and one weekend newscast. The three weekday newscasts will be at 12:00 Noon, 6:00 and 10:00pm, all half-hour each. The lone weekend newscast will be at 10:00pm. In terms of competition, it will be home to the area’s ONLY local news for Scottsbluff, but if you factor in another Scottsbluff station, KSTF 10 (CBS/NBC/CW), which is a semi-satellite of KGWN 5 and therefore carries their local news under CBS NewsChannel 5, 12:00 Noon and 10:00pm will be the times they compete against each other with the 6:00pm newscast being the ONLY local newscast that KNEP 4 will compete against KSTF 10.
So Scottsbluff and Nebraska-centric news is coming for those who live in Western Nebraska and for those who want local news in their specific area. Sounds good in the area.