FIRST ON THE BLOG: The struggles at WNWO continue while WNYT expands further.
If you’re looking for more news in Northwest Ohio, don’t look for WNWO. Thanks to their owners at Sinclair, a portion of their news has been dumped and after reading this, you’ll see its not much of a commitment anymore.
FIRST ON THE BLOG: A new player has made its way into the Midday news scene in Toledo.
WNWO 24 has recently added a midday broadcast. The half-hour broadcast, titled NBC 24 News Midday, is on at 11:30 a.m. This makes this broadcast as the ONLY half-hour newscast on in this timeslot in the market as WTOL 11 (half-hour) and WTVG 13 (hour-long) deliver their midday broadcasts at Noon. This marks the second time, WNWO 24 has expanded as earlier this year, they added an hour-long 5:00 p.m. newscast. All of this, due to the many changes that have taken place at WNWO 24, since the station was brought by Sinclair Broadcast Group, last year. But its been a bumpy ride so far as the station has already taken out of Buckeye CableSystem’s lineups in Toledo before and that lasted 8 months until July of this year.
Can you believe it? The 3rd-place ranked station is airing more news in Toledo.
No pictures will be seen, but tags will be involved for this post. There are too many newscasts debuting or expanding tomorrow and this week that it will be hard to showcase images of all stations involved. So, the biggest edition of newscasts debuting/expanding this week is here. And finally, here’s the list. The list is composed in time order in Eastern Daylight Time:
Monday September 8th, 2014:
- 4:30-5:00 AM: ABC 57 News at 4:30 a.m.
- 7:00-8:00 AM: ABC 57 News at 7:00 a.m. on CW 25 Michiana
- 8:00-9:00 AM: ABC 57 News at 8:00 a.m. on CW 25 Michiana
WBND and WCWW-LD in South Bend. The morning newscast goes from 2 to 4 1/2 hours which will now include a 2-hour extension on WCWW 25.
- 7:00-8:00 AM: 9 News This Morning – The BIG Xtra Hour at 7:00 a.m. on WBXH Channel 16
WBXH-CA 39/Cable Channel 16 in Baton Rouge. 7:00 a.m. morning news in Baton Rouge for the first time? Yes please. This has been long over-due and it’s about time this is happening.
- 8:00-8:30 AM: You and Me This Morning at 8:00 a.m. on WCIU, The U
- 8:30-9:00 AM: You and Me This Morning at 8:30 a.m. on WCIU, The U
WCIU in Chicago. WCIU 26’s so-called morning newscast is expanding to 3 hours, because of the success of the program and that it has recently beating WBBM 2’s 6:00 a.m. morning news in the ratings. How embarrassing for WBBM 2. Soon enough, this program will also beat WFLD 32 in morning news as well.
- 11:00 AM-12:00 PM: NBC 5 Chicago News Midday
WMAQ in Chicago. The program moves from half-hour at noon to an hour-long at 11:00 a.m. as it looks like the broadcast is seeing some success.
- 12:00-1:00 PM: Channel 7 Eyewitness News at Noon
WABC in New York City. Channel 7 Eyewitness News finally goes to an hour at noon and will be the ONLY hour-long noon news in N.Y.C.
- 12:00-1:00 PM: Channel 6 Action News at Noon
WPVI in Philadelphia. Channel 6 Action News is another ABC O&O to expand their noon news to an hour-long and it will be Philly’s ONLY hour-long news choice at noon.
- 12:00-12:30 PM: NewsChannel 5 at Noon
WEWS in Cleveland. The newscast shrinks down to 30 minutes for Right This Minute at 12:30 p.m.
- 11:00-11:30 AM: 7 News Midday
KMGH in Denver. Same reason as WEWS 5. RTM to air at 11:30 a.m.
- 11:00-11:30 AM: KEYT NewsChannel 3 Midday
KEYT in Santa Barbara. California’s Central Coast’s first midday newscast is on tomorrow for half-hour at 11:00 a.m.
- 4:00-5:00 PM: FOX 17 News at 4:00
WXMI in Grand Rapids. The ONLY one on at 4:00 p.m. in Grand Rapids. That starts tomorrow too.
- 4:00-5:00 PM: 13 News NOW at 4:00
WVEC in Hampton Roads. It finally joins the party in the market for news at 4:00 p.m.
- 4:00-5:00 PM: WSAZ NewsChannel 3, First Look at 4:00
WSAZ in Huntington-Charleston. WSAZ 3 is already #1, why not expand to keep it?
- 4:00-4:30 PM: WSBT Channel 22 News, First at 4:00
WSBT in South Bend. 4:00 p.m. News in Michiana comes tomorrow for the very first time.
- 1:00-2:00 PM: FOX 5 News at 1:00
KSWB in San Diego. This is one of 2 expansions for KSWB 69/Cable Ch. 5 and the ONLY one on at 1:00 p.m.
- 5:00-5:30 PM: WZZM 13 News at 5:00
WZZM in Grand Rapids. It’s almost here. FINALLY! WZZM 13 finally debuts it’s 5:00 p.m. newscast tomorrow.
- 5:00-6:00 PM: NBC 24 News at 5:00
WNWO in Toledo. WNWO 24 will add a 5:00 p.m. newscast to try to be more competitive with WTOL 11 and WTVG 13.
- 4:00-5:00 PM: Channel 13 News at 4:00
WHO in Des Moines. Central Iowa’s first 4:00 p.m. newscast will be on WHO 13.
- 4:00-5:00 PM: Alabama’s 13 News at 4:00
WVTM in Birmingham. This is to compete with WBMA 58/WCFT 33/WJSU 40’s ABC 33/40 News, Focus at 4:00 and also because Hearst TV is buying the station.
- 3:00-4:00 PM: 2 News at 3:00
KUTV in Salt Lake City. Utah’s earlier option for news is here and it comes tomorrow.
- 4:00-5:00 PM: WGN 9 Evening News at 4:00
WGN in Chicago. WGN 9’s Evening News expands to a 2-hour broadcast with Mark Suppelsa, Micah Mattere (who will now anchor both hours at 4:00 and 5:00, as well as the 9:00 p.m. newscast) and of course, the Chief: Tom Skilling.
- 4:00-5:00 PM: FOX 5 News at 4:00
KSWB in San Diego. This is the other expansion which will compete with KNSD 39 at this timeslot.
- 6:00-6:30 PM: FOX 9 News at 6:00
KMSP in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Enjoy the expansion, KMSP 9. You deserve to enjoy it until KSTP 5 beats you again in the early evening. At least it provides the Twin Cities’ ONLY 90-minute news block in the early-evening.
- 6:00-7:00 PM: The KSAT 12, 6:00 O’Clock News
KSAT in San Antonio. San Antonio’s #1 newscast at 6:00 p.m. expands to an hour. Makes sense for a station with #1 hour-long newscasts at noon and 10:00 p.m.
- 4:00-4:30 PM: 3TV News Good Evening Arizona at 4:00
KTVK in Phoenix. With this expansion, Good Evening Arizona will now run from 4:00-6:30 p.m., followed by Entertainment TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m.
- 6:00-6:30 PM: 7 News Right NOW at 6:00
KMGH in Denver. This newscast replaces Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy as they will show The List at 6:30 p.m.
- 10:00-11:00 PM: Channel 6 Action News at 10:00 on PHL 17
WPHL in Philadelphia. Channel 6 Action News will also expand the 10:00 p.m. broadcast for WPHL 17 to an hour-long as it has recently beat WTXF 29 at 10:00 p.m. in July.
- 9:00-9:30 PM: KHON 2 News at 9:00
KHON in Honolulu. For the first time since becoming FOX in 1996, KHON 2 will finally air a 9:00 p.m. newscast, but this is weeknights only. This will also simulcast on KHON-DT2 Hawaii’s CW 93 (93 for Cable Channel on Oceanic Time Warner Cable).
Tuesday September 9th, 2014:
- 6:30-7:00 PM: Channel 4’s Eyewitness News at 6:30 on My 54 WUPL
WWL/WUPL in New Orleans. The newscast will start a day later due to WUPL 54 carrying coverage of The 2014 U.S. Open Tennis Men’s Final from CBS Sports while WWL 4 will continue to carry regular programming, including it’s newscasts with a special edition of Channel 4’s Eyewitness News at 5:30, due to no CBS Evening News, all on Monday September 8th.
FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than The Toledo Blade): Well well… isn’t this a great time in Toledo ? 2 stations are expanding their news operations by adding newscasts. One will be added very soon while the other is gonna be added as early as January. Let’s start with WNWO 24…
Starting September 8th, WNWO 24 will add an hour-long 5:00 p.m. newscast called NBC 24 News at 5:00. It’s an effort from Sinclair Broadcast Group (the un-godful owners of WNWO 24) to ramp up the station and make it’s newscasts compete with it’s rivals, once again. The newscast will be anchored by news director Jim Blue and Toledo news-veteran Laura Emerson, who returned to Toledo this year after anchoring and reporting for WPSD 6 (NBC) in Paducah, KY. Laura was part of WUPW 36’s original news team from 1996 until she left in 2012 (she left 4 months before WUPW 36’s in-house news department was shut down in favor of newscasts from WTOL 11). This could be good for a station that has always been in last place in the ratings. But there’s also another expansion…
… WTVG 13 is scheduled to launch CW 13 on September 1st at 4:00 a.m., bringing viewers in Northwestern Ohio, a CW over-the-air station for the very first time, as it would be on WTVG-DT 13.2 (replacing the Live Well Network, which is scheduled to shut down in January of 2015). This will help expand the presence of the CW network in Toledo and for WTVG as well. Why? Because WTVG 13 will launch an hour-long 10:00 p.m. newscast for CW 13, sometime as early as January. It would help expand the presence of 13abc Action News, which recently has been the #1 news station in Northwestern Ohio, displacing long-time leader WTOL 11.
The Toledo market is getting hot… very hot indeed, news-wise of course.