FIRST ON THE BLOG: There have been some small changes that have recently taken place in the Ark-La-Tex market.
First up, KSLA 12 has recently shortened its weekday morning news at 9:00 a.m. to just a half-hour, which unfortunately leads to a paid program on Tuesdays-Fridays with Your Hometown Show still airing but ONLY on Mondays from 9:30-10:00 a.m., leaving KTBS 3 (ABC)’s 9:00 a.m. news on sister station KPXJ 21 (CW) as the ONLY home for hour-long local morning news at 9:00 a.m. (its on from 9:00-10:00 a.m. every weekday).
Up next, KSLA also got rid of their half-hour Sunday morning news at 8:00 a.m., replaced by once again, a paid program. This also leaves KTBS as the ONLY home for Sunday morning news and it airs from 8:00-9:30 a.m. and KTBS also airs the ONLY Saturday morning news in the market from 5:30-7:00 a.m.
And finally, speaking of KTBS, it has recently shortened its hour-long 5:00 p.m. news on Sundays to just a half-hour at 5:00 p.m. in order to finally allow ABC World News TONIGHT to air, which KTBS has preempted the Sunday edition for years. KTBS now airs it at 5:30 p.m., with Saturdays being flipped as WNT airs at 5:00 followed by KTBS’ Saturday early-evening news at 5:30 p.m. It does leave KSLA, though, as the ONLY home for Sunday early-evening news in the market at 5:30 p.m.
We do have one major expansion to talk about and it is in the Lexington market. That’ll be detailed in my next report so stay tuned.