WATE is expanding its weekend morning newscast to 5:00 a.m.

WATE-TV 6 / Knoxville (
WATE-TV 6 / Knoxville (“WATE 6”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Yep. You heard that right. Market #62 will soon have weekend morning news at 5:00am.

Starting this upcoming Saturday January 7th, WATE 6 will add a 5:00am hour to its weekend morning newscast, WATE 6 News – Good Morning Tennessee. It will be home to the area’s ONLY weekend morning newscast on at 5:00am on both Saturdays and Sundays and will now air four hours of local news on both Saturdays and Sundays, first from 5:00-8:00am and then another hour from 9:00-10:00am after Good Morning America.

This will be a first for the market as its probably never have been done before, however its a trend that’s now being seen in most major markets across the U.S. with Miami, LA, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Orlando and even San Diego, just to name a few. WATE 6 already had the most hours of weekend morning news in the market (3 hours each day; 6 hours total) prior to this extra addition. You wouldn’t expect Market #62 – Knoxville have weekend morning news at 5:00am, but it will soon now and will join Nashville as the only other market in the state with weekend morning news at 5:00am.

As if 6:00am was early enough to get local news on weekend mornings, 5:00am has seemingly become the new normal in some markets across the country.

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