More newscasts have been added. Actually, one is now on air while two are scheduled to debut next week.
In North Platte, KNOP 2 has just recently added a half-hour 5:00 p.m. weeknight newscast with NBC Nebraska News 2 at 5:00. It joins KNPL-LD 10 (CBS)’s half-hour 5:00 p.m. news as well as KHGI-CD 27 (ABC) for local news at that time in the market. Before this, it continued to air its only early-evening news at 6:00 p.m.
Another small market is Meridian, a bigger market than North Platte and is about to see another option for local news. Starting Monday, September 25th, WGBC 30 and WMDN 24 will be launching its own news operations, partly produced out of Arkansas with Twin States News. It will add two new newscasts at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. for WGBC 30.2 and WMDN 24 while it will continue to air a half-hour 9:00 p.m. newscast for WGBC 30.1.
The newscasts are anchored by Anne Immanuel and Mark Edwards with meteorologists Ross Whitely and Kim Walker as well as sports anchor Charlie Lapastora. Local reporters towards Meridian will include Ben Lockridge, Jeremey Ford and Chelsea Jones.
WGBC 30/WMDN 24’s Vice President and General Manager, Jon Pollard:
“Our Fox 30 News @ 9 has been so successful and we’ve had many people ask us when will we begin doing news at other times. We’re really excited to be bringing viewers another voice for local news, weather and sports in our area.”
WGBC 30/WMDN 24’s owner Mike Reed says taking the news to the traditional news time periods has been a long time coming:
“We are excited to bring another voice for local news, events and happenings to Meridian and surrounding communities. It’s a strong community and we want to reflect the great things happening in our newscasts.”
So more newscasts coming, before this busy month of September comes to a close. Nice to see more options for those living in East Mississippi.