Newscasts debuting this weekend… Edition #35

We do have some few stations debuting local newscasts this weekend. Some are new while others are just finishing off. Again, done by day and time zone and if a tie, by market size.

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

  • 5:00-6:00 AM: WATE 6 News – Good Morning Tennessee at 5:00 a.m.

WATE in Knoxville. East Tennesee will be waking up to local news and weather on weekends at 5:00am and that begins in just a few hours time (as of this post). It will be the ONLY local news and weather on at that time in the market.

  • 5:30-6:00 AM: NBC Boston News Today at 5:30 a.m.
  • 6:00-7:00 AM: NBC Boston News Today at 6:00 a.m.
  • 9:00-10:00 AM: NBC Boston News Today at 9:00 a.m.
  • 6:00-6:30 PM: NBC Boston News at 6:00
  • 11:00-11:35 PM: NBC Boston News TONIGHT at 11:00

WBTS in Boston. It finishes its debut package or whatever you want to call it with the Saturday editions of its newscasts.

  • 7:00-8:00 AM: WRAL Morning News at 7:00 a.m. on WILM-TV 10

WILM in Wilmington. New hour for Saturday mornings from WRAL 5 (NBC) in Raleigh on Wilmington’s Independent station, WILM 10.

  • 8:00-9:00 AM: 7 News – Today in New England at 8:00 a.m.
  • 6:30-7:00 PM: 7 News at 6:30
  • 7:00-7:30 PM: 7 News at 7:00
  • 9:00-10:00 PM: 7 News at 9:00
  • 10:00-11:00 PM: 7 News at 10:00

WHDH in Boston. It will also finish its debut package in just a few hours time. Remember… the 10:00pm is also simulcast on their sister station WLVI 56.

  • 10:00-10:30 PM: WVLT Local 8 News at 10:00 on CW 20

WBXX in Knoxville. Just the Saturday edition is needed now for the debut and WVLT 8 will then have produced at least 7 days worth of local news for its newest sister station, WBXX 20.

That’s it for this weekend. Enjoy the NFL Wild Card weekend or whatever else you got going on. Check out our social media for updates if anything else develops. Have a great weekend!

Newscasts debuting this week… Edition #62.

The first week of 2017 will see some new newscasts and some few changes to reflect the new affiliation changes to begin the year. In other words, here is this week’s list as done by day and time order.

Monday January 2nd, 2017

  • 4:30-5:00 AM: NBC Boston News Today at 4:30 a.m.
  • 5:00-6:00 AM: NBC Boston News Today at 5:00 a.m.
  • 6:00-7:00 AM: NBC Boston News Today at 6:00 a.m.
  • 4:00-5:00 PM: NBC Boston News at 4:00
  • 5:00-6:00 PM: NBC Boston News at 5:00
  • 6:00-6:30 PM: NBC Boston News at 6:00
  • 7:00-7:30 PM: NBC Boston News at 7:00
  • 11:00-11:35 PM: NBC Boston News TONIGHT at 11:00

WBTS in Boston. The station will finally debut its weekday slate tomorrow. Please note that the 4:00pm newscast may start at 4:30pm instead due to The 2016 NHL Winter Classic from NBC Sports that can cause that delay and if it goes past 4:30pm, then the 4:00pm hour will debut on Tuesday instead. Also note that the noon newscast is not there and that’s because NBC will be airing The Tournament of Roses Parade from 11:00am-1:00pm.

  • 5:30-6:00 AM: WWAY News – Good Morning Carolina at 5:30 a.m.
  • 6:00-7:00 AM: WWAY News – Good Morning Carolina at 6:00 a.m.
  • 12:00-12:30 PM: WWAY News at Noon on WWAY CBS
  • 5:00-5:30 PM: WWAY News at 5:00
  • 5:30-6:00 PM: WWAY News – Good Evening Wilmington at 5:30
  • 6:00-6:30 PM: WWAY News at 6:00
  • 7:00-7:30 PM: WWAY News at 7:00 on WWAY CBS
  • 7:30-8:00 PM: WWAY News at 7:30 on WWAY CBS
  • 10:00-10:30 PM: Cape Fear CW Primetime News at 10:00 (WWAY 3.3)
  • 11:00-11:35 PM: WWAY News at 11:00

WWAY in Wilmington. Only the noon, 7:00 and 7:30pm newscasts are new. The rest are just simulcasts from WWAY’s main channel. Also, the 10:00pm moves to WWAY’s third digital subchannel and makes that move official tomorrow.

  • 7:00-8:00 AM: 7 News – Today in New England at 7:00 a.m.
  • 8:00-9:00 AM: 7 News – Today in New England at 8:00 a.m.
  • 6:30-7:00 PM: 7 News at 6:30
  • 9:00-10:00 PM: 7 News at 9:00
  • 10:00-11:00 PM: 7 News at 10:00

WHDH in Boston. All other newscasts will be kept and the 10:00pm is an extension from WLVI 56 (CW) in which that simulcast between Channels 7 and 56 will continue.

  • 7:00-8:00 AM: WVLT Local 8 News This Morning at 7:00 a.m. on CW 20
  • 8:00-9:00 AM: WVLT Local 8 News This Morning at 8:00 a.m. on CW 20
  • 10:00-10:30 PM: WVLT Local 8 News at 10:00 on CW 20

WBXX in Knoxville. Their sister station WVLT 8 takes over production of the newscasts from WATE 6 now that WVLT 8 and WBXX 20 are sister stations. Yes, the same timeslots are kept.

  • 7:00-8:00 AM: WRAL Morning News at 7:00 a.m. on WILM-TV 10
  • 8:00-9:00 AM: WRAL Morning News at 8:00 a.m. on WILM-TV 10
  • 12:00-1:00 PM: WRAL News at Noon on WILM-TV 10

WILM in Wilmington. The station will add two new hours in the morning from WRAL 5 (NBC) in Raleigh’s sister station WRAZ 50 (FOX) and it’ll be the only newscast that will be simulcast from WRAZ 50. The noon newscast is not new but rather an extension to a full hour.

Tuesday January 3rd, 2017

  • 4:30-5:00 AM: News 8’s Good Morning Connecticut at 4:30 a.m.
  • 12:00-12:30 PM: News 8 at Noon

WTNH in Hartford. The station re-expands the morning newscast to 4:30am for the first time in some 3 years when it was discontinued the first time around. The noon newscast will soon become a half-hour newscast once again as Family Feud will occupy the 12:30pm timeslot.

  • 12:00-12:30 PM: NBC Boston News NOW at Noon

WBTS in Boston. This newscast debut is delayed by a day due to NBC’s coverage of The 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade that will run from 11:00am-1:00pm.

That’s it for us for now. If any changes take place, social media is where you’ll hear it first. Let’s have a great 2017 on the blog and have a great first week of the new year!

Newscasts debuting this weekend… Edition #34

It’s been September since I’ve done this and I finally have a list of newscasts debuting this weekend and its an important one, from Boston to Knoxville and Wilmington. Here is that list by day and time order. If there’s a tie, then its by market size. But nothing debuts on Saturday, only on Sunday.

Sunday January 1st, 2017

  • 8:00-9:00 AM: 7 News – Today in New England at 8:00 a.m.
  • 10:00-11:00 AM: 7 News – Today in New England at 10:00 a.m.
  • 6:30-7:00 PM: 7 News at 6:30
  • 7:00-7:30 PM: 7 News at 7:00
  • 9:00-10:00 PM: 7 News at 9:00
  • 10:00-11:00 PM: 7 News at 10:00

WHDH in Boston. This is the day it finally becomes Independent and with it, a slew of new newscasts. The 9:00am hour as well as the 6:00 and 11:00pm newscasts are kept. However, it gets rid of a 7:30am half-hour in favor of an hour at 8:00am and expands the 10:00am to a full hour, therefore becoming a three-hour weekend morning newscast. The weekend 6:30, 7:00 and 9:00pm editions will debut on this day with the 10:00pm simulcast from WLVI continuing with WHDH now being the main station for the 10:00pm newscast.

  • 5:30-6:00 AM: NBC Boston News Today at 5:30 a.m.
  • 6:00-7:00 AM: NBC Boston News Today at 6:00 a.m.
  • 7:00-8:00 AM: NBC Boston News Today at 7:00 a.m.
  • 9:00-10:00 AM: NBC Boston News Today at 9:00 a.m.
  • 10:00-10:30 AM: NBC Boston News Today at 10:00 a.m.
  • 6:00-6:30 PM: NBC Boston News at 6:00
  • 11:00-11:35 PM: NBC Boston News TONIGHT at 11:00

WBTS in Boston. The station, simulcasting on WBTS 8.1, WNEU 60.2 and WMFP 60.5, will air its very first newscasts on this day. It will debut more news later on throughout the week as it becomes the newest NBC affiliate for Boston.

  • 7:00-8:00 AM: WRAL Morning News at 7:00 a.m. on WILM-TV 10

WILM in Wilmington. The station becomes an Independent on this day and the only such changes for WILM on Sundays is the addition of the 7:00am hour of sister station WRAL 5 (NBC) in Raleigh’s Sunday morning newscast. The rest remains the same.

  • 6:00-6:30 PM: WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 6:00
  • 11:00-11:35 PM: WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 11:00

WWAY 3.2 in Wilmington. These are not new, however, it will now be simulcast on WWAY 3’s second digital subchannel as it becomes Wilmington’s new home for CBS. The 6:00pm will not be initially included due to a NFL on CBS double-header but that simulcast will be in there.

  • 10:00-10:30 PM: WVLT Local 8 News at 10:00 on CW 20

WBXX in Knoxville. I first reported MONTHS AGO in August that WVLT 8 will take over production of WBXX 20’s newscasts starting in the new year and its almost here. Starting Sunday, WVLT 8 will be producing local newscasts for WBXX 20 and this will be the very first one. It will end a 5-year partnership between WBXX 20 and WATE 6 (ABC) in which it was started in August of 2011.

So that’s it for this weekend and it will be the last post I do for the year unless if other changes arise within the next 24 hours. If those changes arise, you’ll hear it first on social media. Until then, I thank you for reading the blog as 2016 has become the most successful year ever for the blog and I hope to make it even more successful in 2017! Tell your friends and family and TV news junkies about my blog and sign-up through e-mail for FREE for continuous updates.

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