FIRST ON THE BLOG: It’s been a while since I’ve done a story on my blog. Finally, I got some stories that I can do on and in the last day of the month too. Anyways, another extra hour of local news every weekday is coming to WKRG in forms of morning and evening expansions.
Starting Monday December 5th, WKRG 5 is FINALLY joining others in the market (WEAR 3 – ABC and WALA 10 – FOX) in offering a weekday morning newscast at 4:30am. WKRG News 5 This Morning will soon air from 4:30-7:00am and will continue with its 9:00am half-hour as well, which is seen after CBS This Morning. WPMI 15 (NBC) used to be on at 4:30am until last year when it was cancelled due to FCC regulations. According to Wikipedia, under FCC regulations, a company providing more than 15% of a station’s programming per-week would have an “attributable interest” in the station, thus counting as ownership and Sinclair, the company that operates WPMI 15, cannot hold an attributable interest in that station due to its ownership of WEAR 3, as both are in the top 4 stations of the market. Basically, Sinclair has more of an interest in WEAR 3 than WPMI 15. Hope that clears all up.
Anyways, speaking of WKRG 5, it will also introduce a half-hour weeknight newscast at 6:30pm. WKRG News 5 at 6:30 will also debut on Monday December 5th and will become the ONLY local newscast on at that time in the market. It will also be the first 6:30pm newscast since WPMI 15 added one on its sister station, WJTC 44 (Ind.) and that lasted from September of 2013 until July of this year when it was cancelled in favor of Inside Edition. WKRG 5 will soon have the area’s ONLY hour-long 6:00pm weeknight newscast and this will replace The Andy Griffith Show, which currently airs at 6:30pm and will not be seen again on the schedule.
So to recap, on Monday December 5th, WKRG 5 will expand its weekday morning newscast to 4:30am and will introduce a half-hour weeknight newscast at 6:30pm. So yes to more news on WKRG 5 and this is welcome news for the market. We’ll see if viewers want to watch these newscasts when they debut next week.