This is a sign of the times when CBS catches up with you in local news and forces you to change some things. Therefore, this was one of them.
Since September 9th, WJZ 13 has stopped airing a local newscast on weeknights at 6:30 p.m., the first time since the station adopted the hour-long format in the early ’80s, basically during its ABC days, so this is a huge deal. It also breaks up the three-hour format that WJZ has aired for a decade from 4:00-7:00 p.m. However, it wasn’t lost.
That’s because, since Monday, WJZ has moved its half-hour newscast at 6:30 p.m. over to 7:00 p.m., providing a new option for local news in the market as the area’s first and ONLY newscast on at that time. WJZ News at 7:00 swaps with the CBS Evening News (currently with Norah O’Donnell), which now airs in the 6:30 p.m. timeslot for the first time in decades. The newscast is anchored by Nicole Baker (who also does the noon and 5:00 p.m. news) and Rick Ritter (who also does the 5:00 p.m. news, ironically with Baker, and 11:00 p.m.) with weather from AMS/Sealed Chief Meteorologist Bob Turk (who’s been at the station for 46 years).
However, it is the end of an era when a newscast goes away after decades, but CBS got in their way and they won this time.