FIRST ON THE BLOG: A small change to report from Western Tennessee in the Memphis area.
Just recently, WMC 5 has expanded its weekday half-hour noon newscast back to a full hour. WMC Action News 5 at Noon is now an hour-long from 12:00-1:00pm and even though it competes against WREG 3 (CBS) at 12:00 Noon, WMC 5 is the ONLY ones on at 12:30pm.
This is a return for the station as it last broadcast an hour-long noon newscast in 2014. It was cut to a half-hour to make way for a Raycom-produced syndicated cooking program Flip My Food with Chef Jeff. But with the expansion back to an hour, that program has since been moved to 2:35am after Crime Watch Daily at 1:35am. Raycom’s other half-hour syndicated lifestyle program, Fix It and Finish It still remains on WMC 5 and airs at 2:00pm, followed by yet another Raycom-supported syndicated program Right This Minute at 2:30pm.
The hour-long noon newscast is anchored by Andrew Douglas with the WMC Action News 5 First Alert Weather from AMS/Sealed and NWA/Member Meteorologist Spencer Denton.
Other than that, there are no other major additions or expansions to report on at this time.