It seems like one Austin station is going back to its familiar roots in the midday timeslot.
Starting this upcoming Monday March 27th, KXAN 36 will be airing its noon newscast for an hour-long once again. KXAN News at Noon will be on-air from 12:00-1:00pm and it will be the first time since 2014 that it has aired an hour-long noon newscast. It was like that when the newscast was launched but was cut back three years ago to make way for a lifestyle show at 12:30pm called Studio 512. That show will be moved to 11:00am and expanded to a full hour as well. That program is hosted by Amanda Tatom and from Monday, sister station KNVA 54 (CW)’s entertainment reporter Joe Barlow will host as well.
The soon-to-be hour-long noon newscast is anchored by Kate Weidaw with KXAN First Warning Weather from AMS-CBM/Sealed Meteorologist David Yeomans. It will be the ONLY hour-long noon newscast in the Austin market as KTBC 7 (FOX) airs a half-hour newscast in the noon timeslot while KVUE 24 (ABC) also airs an hour-long midday newscast, but at 11:00am.
According to the station, the expansion of the news and lifestyle show will help them exemplify their in-depth news and weather coverage and their award-winning local programming.
KXAN 36’s News Director, Chad Cross:
“This is a return to our hour-long noon newscast format so we can provide in-depth coverage of the day’s most important developments.”
KXAN 36, KNVA 54 and KBVO 14 (MyTV)’s President and General Manager, Eric Lassberg:
“The local content expansion is simply an effort to provide our viewers more content specifically relevant to their lives here in Central Texas. Our mission is all about serving the people of this local community valuable, interesting and relevant content.”
Because of the recent moves, Rachael Ray, which currently airs at 11:00am, will be moved to 2:00pm. Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen will be displaced from KXAN 36’s lineup, but moves to sister station KBVO 14’s lineup at the same time, 2:00pm weekdays and that will displace Family Feud from that timeslot on that station.
So another extra half-hour of more local news for Austin and the surrounding area and its all thanks to Austin’s most-watched news station.
DISCLAIMER: Some of the information that was used in this article, especially the quotes, was taken from Austin360.com, a section that’s part of the Austin American-Statesman and from a story done by KXAN itself at KXAN.com