I’m gonna be like FTVLive where I first heard about this story… shhh!!! Don’t let anyone know that KTLA is about to add another hour-long newscast.
Starting next Tuesday, May 1st, KTLA 5 will be adding YET another hour of news, this time at 11:00 a.m. with the KTLA 5 Midday News. It will compete against KCBS 2 (CBS; half-hour), KNBC 4 (NBC; hour-long) and KABC 7 (ABC; hour-long) for local news at that time in the market.
KTLA’s midday anchor Glen Walker tweeted a tease about it but FTVLive seems to have put that tweet into a confirmation.
Glen Walker and Lu Parker, who already anchor the station’s hour-long 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. newscasts, will also helm the new hour at 11:00 a.m. as well. This will give KTLA 5, at least eight hours of live and local news in the morning into midday from 4:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., the ONLY station in L.A. that’ll do so and the first in the country.
WJBK 2 (FOX) in Detroit will soon add a half-hour extra to its morning news at 4:00 a.m. in September and will become the second in the country to do so. WISH 8 (CW) already airs eight hours of local programming through six hours of local morning news from 4:00-10:00 a.m. and midday news from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. with a local lifestyle show in between from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Also, for the record, the KTLA 5 Morning News team will not be involved with the midday newscast so they’re done after 11:00 a.m.
In other words, eight hours of live, local news and programming is uncommon but its out there and KTLA will be another example of it. Credit to FTVLive for this but its supposed to be a secret so shhhh…