FIRST ON THE BLOG: WXII has added local news… no not the NBC affiliate on Channel 12 in Greensboro and North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad that broadcasting nerds know about, but rather the MyTV affiliate on Channel 12 serving Northern Michigan. Weird coincidence, huh?
WXII-LP has added two hour-long weeknight newscasts at 7:00 and 11:00 p.m., both produced by their sister station WMNN-LD 26, which airs a local 24-hour news format and is the smallest 24-hour local news channel in the nation. The newscasts are known as MI TV 12 News and it does compete against the other newscasts seen on the other TV channels in the region (7:00 p.m. on WFQX 32/WFUP 45 – FOX, produced by WWTV 9/WWUP 10 – CBS and 11:00 p.m. on WWTV/WWUP and WPBN 7/WTOM 4 – NBC with a pre-recorded one on WGTU 29/WGTQ 8 – ABC).
However, WXII-LP is the ONLY one to air in both hour-long formats, which means its home to Northern Michigan’s ONLY local news at 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. And if you are asking that question, yes… they are traditional newscasts, just like the ones seen on the other local channels.
Before this, it did carry 90-second news updates that aired in primetime and before that, it aired a national news program from the Independent News Network, which still operates today but out of Arkansas, not in Iowa. Also, because of these two new newscasts, WMNN-LD has replaced the 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. hours of news with syndicated programming so that WXII-LP’s news can be aired live.
So look at that, an extra choice for local news in the market on a different station. Choose your battles. I’m just kidding, enjoy Northern Michigan.