WTAT will soon go on-air with The Lowcountry’s only news at 6:30 p.m.

WTAT-TV 24 / Charleston, SC (
WTAT-TV 24 / Charleston, SC (“FOX 24”)

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.

Ad on WTAT 24's Facebook page promoting the new 6:30pm newscast that'll launch next week.
Ad on WTAT 24’s Facebook page promoting the new 6:30pm newscast that’ll launch next week.

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.

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3 thoughts on “WTAT will soon go on-air with The Lowcountry’s only news at 6:30 p.m.

    • I just received word though from WTAT themselves on Facebook that it will NOT be a traditional newscast. It will be more of a news magazine-type of a program like WCVB 5 in Boston’s daily news-magazine show “Chronicle” but more harder on news and interviews, so I can’t report on that. I only report on traditional newscasts.

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