KNPN adds more local news, thanks to KNPG.

KNPN-LD 26 / St. Joseph, MO (
KNPN-LD 26 / St. Joseph, MO (“FOX 26”)
KNPG-LD 21 / St. Joseph, MO (
KNPG-LD 21 / St. Joseph, MO (“NBC 21”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: There are more local news now in St. Joseph, thanks to the St. Joseph News-Press and its TV outlets.

Since Tuesday November 1st, the St. Joseph duopoly of KNPN 26 and the newest NBC affiliate in the area, KNPG 21, now airs more local news under the branding of News-Press NOW. KNPG 21 now airs a simulcast of KNPN 26’s morning news from 5:30-7:00am with KNPN 26 keeping an hour to themselves from 7:00-8:00am. KNPN 26 keeps their half-hour noon newscast intact. The noon newscast is all by themselves for KNPN 26 while the 5:30-7:00am portion of the morning news competes against KQTV 2 (ABC) for local news at those timeslots in the market. But here are the most significant changes… evenings on both weekdays and weekends.

KNPN 26 now simulcasts its weeknight 5:00pm news with KNPG 21 but has now added a weeknight 5:30pm newscast exclusively for KNPN 26 and is now home to the area’s ONLY local newscast on at 5:30pm. KNPG 21 now has exclusive weeknight newscasts on at 6:00pm as well as 10:00pm. KNPN 26 keeps their half-hour weeknight newscast on at 9:00pm. The 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00pm weeknight newscasts compete against KQTV 2 in the market.

For weekends, the 5:00pm weekend newscast is solely on KNPG 21 now as it moves from KNPN 26. The 9:00pm newscast is still on KNPN 26, but the duopoly now adds the 10:00pm weekend newscast to its duties for KNPG 21. Only the 10:00pm weekend newscast is where KNPG 21 competes against KQTV 2 in the market.

So in the end, here’s the full newscast schedule for the duopoly:

  • Weekdays:
    • 5:30-6:00 AM: News-Press NOW – The Morning Edition at 5:30 a.m. on FOX 26 and NBC 21 (KNPN and KNPG)
    • 6:00-7:00 AM: News-Press NOW – The Morning Edition at 6:00 a.m. on FOX 26 and NBC 21 (KNPN and KNPG)
    • 7:00-8:00 AM: News-Press NOW – The Morning Edition at 7:00 a.m. on FOX 26 (KNPN)
    • 12:00-12:30 PM: News-Press NOW at Noon on FOX 26 (KNPN)
    • 5:00-5:30 PM: News-Press NOW at 5:00 on FOX 26 and NBC 21 (KNPN and KNPG)
    • 5:30-6:00 PM: News-Press NOW at 5:30 on FOX 26 (KNPN)
    • 6:00-6:30 PM: News-Press NOW at 6:00 on NBC 21 (KNPG)
    • 9:00-9:30 PM: News-Press NOW at 9:00 on FOX 26 (KNPN)
    • 10:00-10:35 PM: News-Press NOW at 10:00 on NBC 21 (KNPG)
  • Weekends:
    • 5:00-5:30 PM: News-Press NOW at 5:00 on NBC 21 (KNPG)
    • 9:00-9:30 PM: News-Press NOW at 9:00 on FOX 26 (KNPN)
    • 10:00-10:35 PM: News-Press NOW at 10:00 on NBC 21 (KNPG)

So in the end, more local news than ever in St. Joseph. It’s nice for them and the viewers who witness this. Good for them.

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