FIRST ON THE BLOG: I promise you haven’t heard of this yet on TVSpy, TVNewsCheck, FTVLive or anywhere else so keep it a secret, okay? Whoops! I’m telling you anyways tonight because its a blog exclusive.
Starting Monday January 16th, 2017, WNBC 4 is moving its half-hour noon newscast and joining the other NBC O&O stations in the market by putting it at 11:00am. News 4 New York Midday will soon become the area’s ONLY midday newscast on at that time and it will remain as a half-hour newscast. The newscast at noon is currently anchored by David Ushery and Stacey Bell and they’ll continue to anchor that newscast as it moves to 11:00am. StormTeam 4 Weather will continue to come from Meteorologist Dave Price.
Their lifestyle/entertainment show, New York Live, will move to 11:30am. That half-hour program will continue to be anchored by Sara Gore and Jacque Reid. WNBC 4 will become the second-to-last NBC O&O station to move its midday newscast at 11:00am (WBTS 8 in Boston launches this Sunday and will have its half-hour noon newscast debut next Tuesday) and will be just the third station in the group to air it as a half-hour, with KNSD 39 (Cable 7) in San Diego and WTVJ 6 in Miami also airing half-hour 11:00am newscasts (KNSD 39 airs Access Hollywood at 11:30am while WTVJ 6 airs its own lifestyle/entertainment show 6 in the Mix at 11:30am). All other NBC O&O’s air their midday newscast at 11:00am for an hour.
With this change, they’ll be two programming changes. NBC’s remaining soap opera, Days of our Lives, will move an hour earlier and air at noon. Access Hollywood Live currently airs at 11:00am, but once the newscast and NYL moves to the 11:00am hour, AHL will move to 1:00pm and then the rest of their daytime lineup will air as scheduled.
This will be the first time that New York City will have a midday newscast at 11:00am since WNYW 5 (FOX) cancelled its midday newscast in 2009. Called FOX 5 Live, it aired for a half-hour at 11:30am, but moved up to 11:00am in 2006 and became an hour-long newscast, but was cancelled when the station expanded its popular morning newscast, Good Day New York, to five hours and started airing at 9:00am. The station hasn’t had a midday newscast since then.
But now, WNBC 4 is bringing back local news at 11:00am in the market for the first time since 2009, seven years exactly. Feels good that WNBC 4 is doing this, ehh?