FIRST ON THE BLOG: If you get home immediately at 6:30pm in the South Carolina Lowcountry, local news is not on. But starting next week… it will be.
Starting next Monday January 9th, WTAT 24 will add a half-hour weeknight newscast at 6:30pm, obviously called FOX 24 News at 6:30. The half-hour newscast will be the ONLY local newscast on at that timeslot in the market and will be anchored by Leyla Gulen, who also anchors the station’s hour-long weeknight 10:00pm newscast. Weather is handled by AMS Member and NWA/Sealed Chief Meteorologist Dave Williams. Just like this one, the 10:00pm and the weekday morning news from 7:00-9:00am, it will be produced by their sister station WCIV 36.2 (ABC) since both are owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Since last year when WCIV 36.2 took over newscasts for WTAT 24, it has expanded newscasts from its previous partners at WCSC 5 (CBS). It expanded the morning newscast to two hours to include an 8:00am hour and now a half-hour 6:30pm newscast that’ll debut next week.
By the way, this will be the first time since 1997 that Charleston will have local news at 6:30pm as WCSC 5 used to air an hour-long newscast at 6:00pm titled The LIVE 5 Newshour. That program was moved to 5:00pm in 1997 so that the CBS Evening News could air at 6:30pm after their then-new half-hour 6:00pm newscast. Before this, the CBS Evening News aired at 7:00pm.
So more local news for WTAT 24 and it comes next week. Nice job to the station for thinking about this. The 6:30pm timeslot is highly underrated and its about time someone in Charleston added local news there.