Small minor newscast changes… #139.

WPVI-TV 6 / Philadelphia (“6 ABC”)
WPHL-TV 17 / Philadelphia (“PHL 17”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Some small changes have occurred at two different Philadelphia stations. And yet, they do have something in common.

WPVI 6 has expanded its Saturday morning newscast by just a half-hour to 5:00 a.m. The Saturday edition of Channel 6 Action News This Morning now airs from 5:00-8:00 a.m. and then for another hour from 9:00-10:00 a.m. The 5:00 a.m. start now competes against KYW 3 (CBS) and WCAU 10 (NBC) for local news at that time in the market. The Sunday morning edition continues to start at 6:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, just down the dial, WPHL 17 has expanded its weekday morning newscast once again. Its only in-house local newscast production, PHL 17 Morning News, now airs for 90 minutes from 4:30-6:00 a.m. and that’s just before the syndicated morning program, morning dose., from 6:00-8:00 a.m. In terms of competition at 4:30 a.m., it now competes with all the major Philly stations: KYW 3 and WPVI 6 at 4:30 a.m., WCAU 10 and WTXF 29 at 4:00 and 4:30 a.m. In terms of overall in the market, WFMZ 69 (Ind) in Allentown will continue to start its weekday morning news, 69 News at Sunrise, at 5:00 a.m. for the time being.

And while WPVI 6 and WPHL 17 compete against one another in the morning, they join forces at 10:00 p.m. every night with the hour-long Channel 6 Action News at 10:00 on PHL 17 which has been established under an agreement since 2012 and has become a ratings watcher in the Delaware Valley, competing in a battle against WTXF 29’s long-time and established hour-long nightly 10:00 p.m. newscast as well as KYW 3’s half-hour nightly news on its sister WPSG 57. Plus, it also competes against Allentown-based WFMZ 69’s nightly 10:00 p.m. news.

Other than this, there are no other major additions or expansions to report on at this time.

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One thought on “Small minor newscast changes… #139.

  1. I wonder if Sinclair will bring WPHL’s 10pm newscast in house once Sinclair completes the acquisition of WPHL or if WPHL goes to Fox does WTXF move WPHL’s 10pm newscast to 7pm leading into MyNetworkTV programming?

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