FIRST ON THE BLOG: Let’s add two more markets where new local newscasts will be popping up in September.
First off in Tulsa where KTUL 8 will be adding an hour-long midday newscast at 11:00 a.m. starting this Monday, September 11th. Tulsa’s Channel 8 at Midday will become the last midday newscast to be added in the Tulsa market after KJRH 2 (NBC), KOTV 6 (CBS) and KOKI 23 (FOX) have broadcasted local news at midday for years.
For KTUL, it will compete against KJRH in the 11:00 a.m. timeslot while KOTV and KOKI will continue to battle each other at 12:00 Noon. However, KTUL is still the ONLY station in the market without weekend morning news and that is unlikely to change anytime soon.
And now the next market, the Western Carolinas. WHNS 21 is adding an hour-long weeknight 5:00 p.m. newscast with The 5:00 O’Clock News on FOX Carolina starting the Monday after that, September 18th. It will compete against WYFF 4 (NBC), WSPA 7 (CBS) and WLOS 13 (ABC) who have had established 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts in the market for years now. Diana Watson and Cody Alcorn already anchor the 4:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. news and will soon add the 5:00 p.m. news to their duties. Weather will come from AMS and NWA/Sealed Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent, who’s adding the 5:00 p.m. to her 4:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. duties as well.
So two more stations announcing more local news this month. Didn’t I tell you there would be more? Don’t be surprised if there is more before next week comes.