WCMH is adding two new newscasts, breaking the 90-minute standard threshold in Central Ohio.

WCMH-TV 4 / Colombus (“NBC 4”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Columbus has a 90-minute standard threshold across all of its news stations. Neither has seemed to break it into 2018 when stations left and right continues to add more news. However, in less than two weeks, WCMH will break it by adding another hour to that 90 minutes of news, though not continuously.

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Newscasts debuting this week… Edition #28.

Due to the HQ, potentially losing Internet this weekend (I have to switch boxes and Internet plans), we will post our Newscasts debuting this week, today instead of the usual Sunday.

If you’re unfamiliar with these lists, I do it by day and time order (in EST).

Monday September 7th, 2015

  • 6:30-7:00 AM: KNOE 8 News – Good Morning Ark-La-Miss at 6:30 a.m.

KNOE-DT 8.2 in Monroe. While not a new newscast on KNOE 8, a half-hour simulcast is now being added on digital subchannel, “KAQY,” marking a return to a local newscast on that station.

  • 12:00-12:30 PM: WLTZ First News at Noon

WLTZ in Columbus, GA. The station is expanding its noon newscast to a full half-hour from previously 15 minutes. The station’s news/talk show, The Dee Armstrong Show, is being moved from 12:15 p.m. to a full hour at 11:00 a.m.

  • 4:00-5:00 PM: News 6 at 4:00

WKMG in Orlando. Since the last time we reported on this, the station has changed its branding to News 6 and a new slogan, Getting Results. And this new newscast will show the commitment to the changes that the station has been making for quite some time now.

Tuesday September 8th, 2015

  • 4:00-4:30 AM: NewsChannel 8 Today at 4:00 a.m.

WFLA in Tampa. This will become Florida’s first TV news station to start at 4:00 a.m., as all others will continue to start at either 4:30 or 5:00 a.m.

  • 11:00-11:30 AM: NBC 4 Midday

WCMH in Columbus. The station is moving its midday newscast to 11:00 a.m. and Daytime Columbus, the station’s lifestyle show, will make the move as well, to 11:30 a.m.

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM: 2 News Works For You Midday

KJRH in Tulsa. The station is expanding their midday newscast to a full hour, moving Right This Minute to two episodes at 2:00 p.m. UPDATE: The expanded newscast will now debut on September 8th, not the 7th like first reported.

  • 4:30-5:00 PM: LEX 18 News at 4:30

WLEX in Lexington. WLEX 18 will finally compete against the 2 and 1/2 hour news block that WKYT 27 has done for 4 years now. Inside Edition moves from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • 4:00-4:30 PM: KFVS 12 Heartland News NOW at 4:00

KFVS in Cape Girardeau. The first 4:00 p.m. newscast in the area, providing half-hour local news from the #1-rated station the market.

If any more, we will let you know (Internet permitting this weekend). Have a great week, everyone.


WCMH is moving its “Midday” newscast to 11:00 a.m.

WCMH-TV 4 / Columbus (“NBC 4”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Listen up, Central Ohio. If you watch WCMH for news, then you gonna wanna pay attention to this post, especially if you watch during the midday hours.

Starting next week, on Tuesday September 8th, 2015, WCMH 4 will be moving its midday newscast, NBC 4 Midday, from 12:00 Noon to an hour earlier, at 11:00 a.m. It will remain as a half-hour newscast because the station will continue to air Daytime Columbus, as that program also moves up an hour earlier to 11:30 a.m. In regards to local news, WCMH 4 will become the home to Central Ohio’s ONLY local newscast at 11:00 a.m. It will also remain as one of Central Ohio’s two local newscasts, airing for a half-hour at midday (with WBNS-10TV (CBS) also airing half-hour midday news at 12:00 Noon. WSYX 6 (ABC) is the only ones airing for a full-hour at 12:00 Noon.)

NBC 4 Midday is currently anchored by Katie Ferrell and Mike Jackson with StormTeam 4 Weather from NWS/Membered Meteorologist Bob Nunnally.

Take note if you live in Central Ohio and love WCMH 4, because they are moving their midday newscast up by an hour, next week. Keep your eyes out on this one. (If you can, let WCMH 4 viewers know. I don’t think they know this yet and the station hasn’t said a thing yet, so if anything, this is a FIRST ON THE BLOG on The Changing Newscasts Blog.)

WCMH is now on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. in Columbus.

WCMH-TV 4 / Columbus (“NBC 4”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: The station in Columbus that is Here For You, has expanded its news product on Saturdays.

WCMH 4 has recently added a half-hour newscast on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. Titled NBC 4 at 7:00, this creates the ONLY half-hour local newscast on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. or on any night, for that matter, at 7:00 p.m. in Columbus. This was possibly done for WCMH 4 to air a local newscast, just in case NBC Sports programming preempted the station’s regular weekend newscast at 6:00 p.m. The newscast is anchored by Candice Lee with StormTeam 4 Weather from Meteorologist Ben Gelber.

Another Media General station, expanding their news department, this year. My oh my. I wonder what Media General will do with its other stations soon.