FIRST ON THE BLOG: Lake Charles is a very small market, so when you hear that a local station is adding a local newscast at 4:00pm, it makes you think how good the station really is.
Starting next week, Monday July 11th, KPLC 7 is adding an extra half-hour of local news at 4:00pm called 7 News – First at 4:00. The extra half-hour local newscast will be the first local newscast on at 4:00pm in the Soutwest and South Central Louisiana area. It will also stream LIVE online when it debuts.
The new newscast will be anchored by Agnes DeRouen, who also anchors the station’s half-hour noon newscast and Jillian Corder, because of this extra addition, will also anchor with long-time KPLC 7 anchor and veteran, Cynthia Arceneaux at 6:00pm. 7 StormTeam Weather from Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton. The new broadcast will increase KPLC 7’s LIVE news coverage to 28 hours/week.
KPLC 7’s News Director, Charlie Halderman:
“The new broadcast will deliver the major developments of the day, including breaking news, weather, investigative and consumer reporting. Research shows people are looking for news no matter the time of day and First at Four will give them another opportunity to find the content they want. With the growing number of viewers getting their news from mobile devices, First at Four will also be streamed live across our platforms including our 7 News app.”
In addition to the early extra newscast, John Bridges will join Agnes DeRouen on the anchor desk to anchor the noon newscast.
“We want to get back to teams of anchors handling our newscasts and we didn’t have to look far for the perfect fit. Our entire team has the best work ethic and chemistry of any group I’ve ever worked with. It shows on-camera as well as behind the camera.”
This also means programming changes for KPLC 7 during the afternoon/early-evening:
- 12:00-12:30 PM: 7 News at Noon
- 12:30-1:30 PM: Days of our Lives
- 1:30-2:00 PM: Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
- 2:00-2:30 PM: Fix It and Finish It
- 2:30-3:00 PM: Right This Minute (moves from 4:00pm)
- 3:00-4:00 PM: Ellen
- 4:00-4:30 PM: 7 News – First at 4:00 (NEW)
- 4:30-5:00 PM: Inside Edition (moves from 2:30pm)
- 5:00-5:30 PM: 7 News – LIVE at 5:00
- 5:30-6:00 PM: NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
- 6:00-6:30 PM: 7 News at 6:00
- 6:30-7:00 PM: Entertainment TONIGHT
So yes, another new local newscast is coming to Southwest Louisiana. And its one in the early afternoons. Good luck to long-time #1 leader KPLC 7 on this new newscast. I hope it goes well for them.