As I post this, we’re in the 7:00pm EDT half-hour and right now on WJCL (according to TV listings), its Inside Edition with Deborah Norville. Come Monday, that will be gone for a new newscast from WJCL in a market where a year ago on this day, there was NO 7:00pm newscasts in the market.
Starting Monday June 6th, WJCL 22 will add an extra half-hour of local weeknight news with WJCL 22 News at 7:00. The extra newscast, anchored by Cassady Lance and Meghan Schiller, will compete against long-time news leader and still #1 dominant station WTOC 11 (CBS) for local news in that timeslot in the market.
AMS-CBM/Sealed Chief Meteorologist Jeff Kirk and Frank “The Big Guy” Sulkowski will handle the weather and sports duties, respectively.
WJCL 22’s President and General Manager, Timothy J. Morrissey:
“WJCL 22 is providing a new option for our viewers to watch our news at the time they are available. WJCL will provide a powerful lineup of local news beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by ABC World News Tonight at 6:30 p.m., leading into our new newscast at 7:00 p.m. each weeknight.”
The station says that the newscast expansion will allow the WJCL 22 News team to deliver a newscast at a more convenient for the viewers’ busy lifestyles.
As I previously mentioned before, this was a market that saw NO local weeknight news at 7:00pm, just a year ago. WTOC 11 has since launched theirs back in September of 2015 and now its WJCL 22’s turn to do so.
Let the expansions in Savannah continue…