FIRST ON THE BLOG: All of these stations have to do with midday changes taking place all across the country.
We start in the Susquehanna Valley where there are two stations involved in this. First, WGAL 8 has expanded its half-hour noon newscast to a full hour as of today. WGAL News 8 at Noon now runs for a full hour from 12:00-1:00 p.m., anchored by Susan Shapiro, making it the ONLY hour-long midday newscast on in the market as WHTM 27 (ABC) airs a half-hour one at noon. WGAL took advantage of this as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? was canceled. This is the first time in quite a while that WGAL has aired an hour-long noon newscast.
And speaking of midday news, WHP 21 is about to reintroduce one for the first time in decades with CBS 21 News at Noon. Starting September 16th (next week), WHP will add the half-hour broadcast, replacing a daytime episode of Jeopardy! (which remains on the station in the 7:00 p.m. hour). It will join WHTM and WGAL, whereas previously mentioned, has expanded their noon newscast to a full hour.
Also, as of today, KPNX 12 has added a 15-minute midday newscast at 12:00 noon called 12 at 12, in which the title makes sense. 12 minutes of commercial-free news and weather at 12:00 noon on Channel 12, anchored by Trai Mai, which is then followed by its longtime lifestyle/talk show Arizona Midday, which itself was cut by 15 minutes and moves up to 12:15 p.m., with Daily Blast LIVE (TEGNA’s syndicated program), moved to 1:00 p.m.
Yes, despite all this, there’s still more news to report on so continue to stick with us for more, including a major change in Baltimore and another newscast in Orlando.