It looks like WTVT will FINALLY gain a competitor in the morning but it won’t take place until August.
FIRST ON THE BLOG: There has been some changes recently involving two stations in the Tampa Bay market.
Two of these newscasts have already debuted today while the other three are set to debut later this afternoon. Here’s a special edition of the latest newscasts debuting this week.
WFLA is heading back to a familiar timeslot that they used to be on. That’s right… Media General’s flagship station is getting more local news in the midday timeslot.
FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than Florida NewsCenter): It looks like WFLA is ready to take advantage of having WTTA as its sister station and will do so in form of an hour-long, nightly primetime newscast.
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.
FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than Florida NewsCenter): WFLA is about to make Florida TV news history next Tuesday when it expands its morning newscast.
Starting Tuesday September 8th, 2015, WFLA 8 will be expanding their weekday morning newscast, a half-hour earlier to 4:00 a.m. Known as NewsChannel 8 Today at 4:00 a.m., the extra half-hour will feature Gene Ramirez (who used to work at WSVN 7 under Eugene Ramiez), Gayle Guyardo and Traffic and Weather Together on the 8’s from StormTeam 8 Weather Meteorologist Leigh Spann and Traffic Reporter Leslee Lacey.
Once this launches, it will become Tampa Bay’s earliest wake-up call, since all others start at 4:30 a.m. and WWSB 40 (ABC/Cable 7)’s morning news start at 5:00 a.m. And it will also make history as the FIRST TV news station in the state of Florida to start its morning newscast at 4:00 a.m.
In a statement obtained by Florida NewsCenter, Bill Berra, WFLA 8’s V.P. of News:
“We recognize that our viewers are starting their busy day earlier and we want to provide the ‘On Your Side‘ coverage they need before heading out the door.”
A historic newscast for WFLA 8 and it will soon hit the airwaves, next week. A surprise story by my end (was caught off-guard when Florida NewsCenter posted it on their website and Twitter) and something that Tampa Bay could enjoy… having the earliest morning newscast start in the entire state.