KESQ now takes over the 10:00 p.m. newscast for KDFX and now airs more on weeknights.

KESQ-TV 42 (Cable 3) / Palm Springs, CA (
KESQ-TV 42 (Cable 3) / Palm Springs, CA (“NewsChannel 3”)
KDFX-CD 33 (Cable 11) / Indio - Palm Springs, CA (
KDFX-CD 33 (Cable 11) / Indio – Palm Springs, CA (“FOX 11”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: It seems like there’s been some changes in the KESQ/KDFX duopoly, especially in its 10:00pm weeknight newscast.

Just recently, KESQ 42 (Cable 3; will use that for reporting purposes) has recently taken over production once again of sister station KDFX 33 (Cable 11; will use that as well)’s nightly 10:00pm newscast. It has taken over from KPSP-CD 38 (CBS; Cable 2) which used to produced the 10:00pm newscast, but KESQ 42 used to produce this newscast before at least once under NewsChannel 3 at 10:00 on FOX 11 before the KESQ 3/KPSP 2 merger in 2012, at which point it became CBS Local 2 News Nightcast at 10:00.

But now that KESQ 3 has taken over once again, the name has changed yet again and this time, to NewsChannel 3 – First at 10:00 on FOX 11 and the newscast has seemed to expanded to a full hour, at least on weeknights. It remains as a half-hour newscast on weekends, but KESQ 3 produces it 7 nights a week under its name and talent.

It competes against KMIR 36 (NBC; Cable 6)’s half-hour 10:00pm nightly newscast on its sister station KPSE-LD 50 (MyTV; Cable 13) under KMIR News at 10:00 on KPSE MyTV. This leaves KESQ 3’s production on KDFX 11 as the ONLY home of local weeknight news at 10:30pm in the market and I believe its the first time that this market has ever had an hour-long weeknight newscast.

So a change in name, a change in production and a expansion in a familiar newscast. I think Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley already likes this.

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2 thoughts on “KESQ now takes over the 10:00 p.m. newscast for KDFX and now airs more on weeknights.

  1. How could it change production. Isn’t KPSP News produced by KESQ-TV news department. Its not really a change in production for KDFX if KPSP and KESQ news departments are the same.

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    • Yes, but technically, KPSP produces its own newscasts with help from KESQ. KPSP uses its own brandings and some talent for its newscasts.

      So in reality, KPSP produces its own but gets major help from KESQ. In terms of switch of production, I referred to it as KESQ’s brandings and production.

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