For the first time ever, KTVU is branching its local news into the 11:00 p.m. timeslot.

KTVU 2 / Oakland – San Francisco – San Jose (“KTVU FOX 2”)

It looks like KTVU will venture somewhere that has NEVER gone to before and probably wouldn’t have done so if it was still under Cox ownership.

Nonetheless, starting Monday April 17th, KTVU 2 will be launching a six-night a week half-hour 11:00pm newscast. Titled KTVU FOX 2 News at 11:00, it will immediately air after the legendary hour-long, popular and established The 10:00 O’Clock News on KTVU FOX 2. It will compete against the Big Three in the market, KPIX 5 (CBS), KGO 7 (ABC) and KNTV 11 (NBC) as well as the 15-minute newscast at 11:00pm on KRON 4 (MyTV). It will air every day except Saturdays due to FOX Late Night programming (yes, FOX still programs late night programming on Saturdays).

Frank Somerville and Julie Haener already anchor the station’s hour-long weeknight newscasts at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00pm. They’ll also anchor the half-hour 11:00pm newscast as well with StormTracker 2 Weather from Chief Meteorologist Bill Martin and Sports from sports director Mark Ibanez. According to KTVU 2 and FOX, the addition marks the station’s first late-night news expansion in nearly 60 years, since the station never expanded once to 11:00pm under previous Cox ownership.

So yet another newscast that will put KTVU 2 at thirteen and half hours of local news every weekday (including two for its sister station, KICU 36 – Ind).

That is a lot, I know. I wonder how viewers will see this.

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2 thoughts on “For the first time ever, KTVU is branching its local news into the 11:00 p.m. timeslot.

  1. The fact that the newscast won’t air on Saturdays is odd, considering that every other Fox O&O that has added a late newscast in the traditional 11:00/10:00 timeslot in the past decade has launched them as seven-day-a-week broadcasts.

    One other thing, what does this mean for “Sports Wrap”? The half-hour Sunday edition of that show airs at 11:00 p.m., so is it being relegated back to its former 15-minute, 10:45 slot, is it being integrated into the new newscast, or will it be moved to 11:30?

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