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.

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WJHG and WECP are making additions and moves in Panama City.

WJHG-TV 7 / Panama City (“NewsChannel 7”)
WECP-LD 18 / Panama City (“WECP-TV”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: I don’t know how media observers around Panama City or around the nation missed or forgot about what just happened in the Media world of Panama City, Florida. But I will be happy to report it to you… FIRST. There are additions and moves to be told from the Eastern Florida Panhandle.

First off, WECP 18 signed on the air in 2012 as Panama City’s CBS station. But it never had a local newscast on the airwaves… until NOW. Starting on Monday April 6th, 2015, WECP 18 has now aired a local newscast under Local 18 News. The half-hour newscast airs weeknights at 5:30 p.m. and is the ONLY local newscast at 5:30 p.m. The newscast is anchored by Carly Hildyard with Local 18 Weather from Meteorologist Tyler Allender with LIVE reports from reporter Jamie Hale. All three also work for WJHG 7 because WECP 18 and WJHG 7 are sister stations and WECP 18’s local newscast is produced by WJHG 7. Carly is also a multimedia journalist, Tyler is also a reporter and Jamie is also a newscast producer. The new 5:30 p.m. newscast delays the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley by a half-hour and is now shown on weeknights at 6:00 p.m. But this won’t be the only addition or move in the market and here is Ron Marasco, a news anchor for WJHG 7, to confirm the news on Twitter…

… Starting Monday April 13th, 2015, WJHG 7 will effectively move its hour-long noon newscast to 11:00 a.m. Obviously titled NewsChannel 7 Midday, the move to 11:00 a.m. will make them effectively compete against WMBB 13’s News 13 Midday for local news in that timeslot. The program will remain as an hour-long newscast. But don’t bear the bad news if you like local news at noon in Panama City and here’s why…

…. Also mentioned in that same tweet is that, already, WECP 18’s local newscast output is already expanding with another half-hour newscast coming at noon. Local 18 News at Noon will make its debut on the same day on Monday April 13th, 2015. The half-hour newscast will then become the ONLY local newscast at noon in the market, since WJHG 7 will start airing Days of our Lives in that timeslot and WMBB 13 airing ABC’s The Chew. CORRECTION: The same team that’s already a part of the 5:30 p.m. show, Carly, Tyler and Jamie, are also part of the new noon show. Paris Janos, Donna Bell and VIPIR 7 Weather with Meteorologist Ryan Michaels, who are already a part of NewsChannel 7 at Noon, will headline the new NewsChannel 7 Midday.

Those will be the ONLY two newscasts aired on WECP 18 for now, since its produced by WJHG 7 and WJHG 7 already airs the majority its local newscasts on its station in traditional local newscast timeslots. And the station has hired a new news producer who only produces content for WECP 18 (thanks Ron Marasco for the information!).

So there you go Eastern Florida Panhandle! More local news is better news. And WJHG 7 and WECP 18 are making the changes to bring you more. I like these moves.