FIRST ON THE BLOG: It looks like one station in West Central Pennsylvania is back to doing its own local newscasts, but it provides help from one other local station.
Just recently, apparently since the very end of last year, WATM 23 is airing its own local newscasts again. The newscasts are not in-house though as news anchors, meteorologists and local reporters are provided by WJAC 6 (NBC) in the same market, the same station that also produces a half-hour 10:00pm nightly newscast, under an agreement, for WWCP 8 (FOX), WATM 23’s sister station. Titled WATM NewsCentre (yes, Canadian spelling), the newscasts air weekday mornings for a half-hour at 6:30am and weeknights at 6:00pm plus 7 nights a week at 11:00pm.
They are more like pre-recorded in advance since it competes in the same timeslots as WJAC 6’s newscasts, with WJAC 6’s newscasts being LIVE and WATM 23’s being pre-recorded. It also competes against WTAJ 10 (CBS)’s newscasts in the same timeslots as well.
The parnership between WJAC 6 and WWCP 8 will continue so that the market will continue to get a primetime newscast at 10:00pm. But other than that, it seems like the partnership between WJAC 6 and WATM 23 has grown to include more local news, even if seen at the same timeslots as the other stations.
So much for adding news, ehh… ?