WXIA is back on at 7:00 p.m., but for its sister station WATL.

WXIA-TV 11 / Atlanta (“11 Alive”)
WATL 36 / Atlanta (“The ATL”)

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?

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One thought on “WXIA is back on at 7:00 p.m., but for its sister station WATL.

  1. AJC’s Radio & TV Talk blog picked up the story too, and I take it this is likely to be a temporary newscast, if I read correctly. Unless TEGNA decides to make it permanent.

    Speaking of Atlanta… with Meredith completing it’s acquisition of WPCH 17 (Peachtree TV, used to be Superstation WTBS), it’ll be interesting to see whether a WGCL 46 prime-time newscast (8PM or 9PM) could be in the works. Turner Broadcasting being a subsidiary company of Time Warner, and the pending merger with AT&T, Turner sold it to avoid any conflicts. Some even speculating whether CBS programming (and newscasts) gets moved to WPCH, and Peachtree TV to WGCL… that’s a very far-fetched idea.

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