KSTP is adding an extra hour of midday news on KSTC.

KSTP-TV 5 / Saint Paul – Minneapolis (“Channel 5”)
KSTC-TV 45 / Minneapolis – Saint Paul (“45TV”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: If your looking for another option for local news at noon in the Twin Cities, I would’ve said that you’d be out of luck since its only WCCO. However, that’s changing.

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Newscasts debuting this week… Edition #15.

We have a list of newscasts debuting tomorrow as well as a cut-down in the Twin Cities. You’ll find out about everything right now and listed in time order:

Monday April 13th, 2015

  • 5:00-6:00 AM: CBS 5 News This Morning at 5:00 a.m.
  • 6:00-7:00 AM: CBS 5 News This Morning at 6:00 a.m.
  • 12:00-12:30 PM: CBS 5 News at Noon

WTVH in Syracuse. The station will start producing its own morning and noon newscasts once again, with the noon newscast as a return to the WSTM 3/WTVH 5 duopoly. The station will also re-launch their weeknight newscasts as separate newscasts from WSTM 3. The weekends will continue to be simulcast with WSTM 3 at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM: NewsChannel 7 Midday
  • 12:00-12:30 PM: Local 18 News at Noon

WJHG and WECP-LD in Panama City. WJHG 7 is moving their noon newscast to 11:00 a.m. in order for WECP 18 to broadcast a half-hour local newscast at noon.

  • 10:00-10:30 PM: 22 News at 10:00 on The CW Springfield

WWLP in Springfield. WWLP 22 can now add a 10:00 p.m. nightly newscast, 7 days a week because it has secured The CW affiliation. This will compete against WGGB-DT 40.2’s ABC 40 News, First on FOX at 10:00.

  • 10:00-10:35 PM: 5 Eyewitness News at 10:00

KSTP in St. Paul/Minneapolis. KSTP 5 shortens the 10:00 p.m. to allow for Jimmy Kimmel LIVE at 10:35 p.m. and then with Nightline at 11:35 p.m.

Wednesday April 15th, 2015

  • 9:00-9:30 PM: FOX North Platte News at 9:00

KIIT in North Platte. The ONLY locally-based primetime newscast in the area will make its debut on Wednesday and will be produced by KNOP 2. I don’t know why it’s starting on Wednesday and not on Monday, but it will be on Wednesday.

KSTP is ready to give you less at 10:00 p.m. in the Twin Cities.

KSTP-TV 5 / St. Paul – Minneapolis (“Channel 5”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: I’m a part of the TVNewsTalk family by searching me at “WSVNFan.” I checked the forum today and realized that one station in the Twin Cities is cutting down on one of its weeknight newscasts.

KSTP 5 will be cutting down its 10:00 p.m. weeknight newscast from an hour to 35 minutes. They will do so in order to air Jimmy Kimmel LIVE at the ABC-recommended timeslot of 10:35 p.m. The changes will take place on Monday April 13th, 2015. The newscast, which is anchored by Bill Lunn and Leah McLean, will now fully compete against the other 35-minute weeknight newscasts at 10:00 p.m. in the Twin Cities… WCCO 4, KMSP 9 and KARE 11. According to TVNewsTalk user “Thundershock MN,” he believes that KSTP 5 is cutting down on its 10:00 p.m. newscast, because of a brand new affiliation contract that KSTP 5 signed with ABC earlier this year, that would move Jimmy Kimmel LIVE to 10:35 p.m. and finally follow ABC’s late night schedule, in pattern for the first time in years.

KSTP 5 used to have a weeknight 11:00 p.m. newscast after ABC’s Nightline, but when Nightline was moved to 12:35a ET/11:35p CT, KSTP 5 moved the 11:00 p.m. newscast to 10:00 p.m. in 2013 and thus, created the hour-long 10:00 p.m. newscast. It was unique because it was an hour-long, compared to the competition.

Well folks. Sad to see this goes. I don’t live in the Twin Cities, but if I did, I would be really upset about this.