It looks like WFLD will soon join some few other FOX O&O’s across the country and become the largest FOX O&O to air local weekday morning news in a very early dark hour.
Starting Monday April 10th, WFLD 32 will be expanding its weekday morning newscast, FOX 32 News – Good Day Chicago to an extra half-hour. It will soon begin starting at 4:00am and will air from 4:00-10:00am. It will become the third station in the market (WGN 9 – Ind was the first followed by WMAQ 5 – NBC) to air local morning news in that timeslot in the market and become the second station to air its weekday morning news from 4:00-10:00am (with WGN 9 being the first to do so in 2013).
According to the station, it will produce 51 hours of live and local news each week.
The new half-hour, merging into the first hour of the morning newscast, will be anchored by Kristen Nicole and Natalie Bomke, who already anchor the 4:30am half-hour together. Weather from Meteorologist and Chicago TV veteran Mike Caplan while Jenny Milkowski will cover Chicago traffic every morning.
WFLD 32’s co-Vice President and News Director, Matt Piacente:
“Our energetic team is ready to deliver up-to-the-minute news, traffic and weather reports that prepare early-rising commuters to take on the day.”
WFLD 32’s co-Vice President and General Manager, Dennis Welsh:
“The expansion to six hours of local news every morning is just another step in FOX 32’s commitment to providing our viewers local news when they need it, both on-air and digitally.”
In other words, WFLD 32 is finally joining the ranks of WGN 9 in the morning and catching up while also making history (even if it’s very small) by being the largest FOX O&O station to starting airing local morning news at 4:00am as KTTV 11 in Los Angeles and WNYW 5 in New York City will continue to air their local morning news, Good Day L.A. and Good Day New York respectively, at 4:30am.
So it may be more morning news but at the end of the day, WFLD 32 is just catching up in Chicago.
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