FIRST ON THE BLOG: Apologies for the lack of stories but when there’s nothing happening, there’s nothing to report on then. However, a new newscast has popped up recently and its a return for one station in an Atlanta duopoly.
Just recently, WXIA 11 has added a weeknight half-hour newscast at 7:00pm for its sister station, WATL 36. 11 Alive News at 7:00 on The ATL airs weeknights from 7:00-7:30pm and marks a return for WXIA. The station used to air one on WXIA from around the early 2000s until 2015 when it was discontinued to make way for an hour-long 5:00pm newscast while at the same time, moving Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! from WATL to WXIA. It also discontinued the noon news in favor of expanding their weekday pay-for-play program Atlanta and Company to 90-minutes from 11:00am-12:30pm.
The long-running syndicated show, The Andy Griffith Show, airs right after the newscast at 7:30pm. Shiba Russell now anchors the half-hour 7:00pm newscast since Brenda Wood has retired from WXIA earlier this year after 20 years, a total of 29 years in the Atlanta market (anchored for 9 years at WAGA 5 – first CBS, then FOX from 1988-1997) and 40 years in the TV news business.
So yes, its a return for WXIA. Who would’ve thought it would return so quickly?