If the Nation’s Capital isn’t busy already in terms of local news, it will get more starting in the summer.
Starting Monday July 17th, WTTG 5 will add a nightly (Monday-Sunday) hour-long edition at 8:00pm called FOX 5 News at 8:00 on the Plus. It’s called like that because it will be on the same day that WDCA 20 rebrands as FOX 5 Plus, a move made by the successful move of KTVU 2 (FOX) in San Francisco to turn their sister station, KICU 36 (Ind) into KTVU Plus.
WTTG 5 and WDCA 20’s Vice President and General Manager, Patrick Paolini:
“Given FOX 5’s brand recognition, this extension gives us the ability to build upon our strength in the marketplace and provide our viewers with additional opportunities to watch FOX 5 News.”
The current weeknight news team at 10:00pm, Tony Perkins and Shawn Yancy, will also handle the weeknight edition at 8:00pm on WDCA 20. And yes, for those asking, it will be a traditional newscast. And this does mean that the station will more likely push MyNetworkTV primetime programming by an hour to make it 9:00-11:00pm.
Also, the station will start airing various breaking news updates during primetime and throughout the day as part of the rebranding effort. This comes after WDCA 20’s spectrum was sold in the FCC spectrum auction and will have its programming and signal moved to WTTG 5’s transmitter in which it will broadcast from one transmitter through two subchannels, WTTG and its subchannels (Buzzr and Me-TV) starting on 5.1 and WDCA and its subchannels (Movies!, H&I and Light TV) starting on 20.1.
So if you have relied on 103.5 WTOP Radio for news from 8:00-9:00pm but rather prefer TV instead, WTTG 5 will soon deliver it for you and you can watch it on their sister station, the future home of FOX 5 Plus. Enjoy it and your (months away) summer, D.C.