WFLD is joining other FOX O&Os in expanding its morning news to 4:00 a.m.

WFLD 32 / Chicago (“FOX 32 Chicago”)

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.

DISCLAIMERSome of the information that was used for this story, especially the quotes, came from TVSpy, TVNewsCheck and Broadcasting and Cable.

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