Well, you’ve probably read them on some of the media observer sites by now and yep, its happening. Tribune is canceling several local newscasts at KDAF Dallas, KIAH Houston and WDCW D.C. However, its not all bad news as there will be new local morning news at KIAH Houston and expanding at WPHL Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know.
FIRST ON THE BLOG: Some small changes have occurred at two different Philadelphia stations. And yet, they do have something in common.
FIRST ON THE BLOG: WPHL has its own morning newscast. Its working very well that the broadcast has since been expanded.
FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than TVNewsTalk): WPHL is gonna make a return to news. Well, not really out-sourced news, but in-house news. That’s right. WPHL is ready to produce the news, themselves.
Starting this upcoming Monday, March 9th, WPHL 17 will add a half-hour morning newscast at 5:30 a.m., called the PHL 17 Morning News. The half-hour newscast will feature the latest news, weather and traffic before the program heads over to the Tribune-produced program called EyeOpener at 6:00 a.m. That program is produced out of Dallas with localized-based segments for news, weather and traffic. This new half-hour morning newscast is definitely a return to in-house produced newscasts for WPHL 17 for the first time in almost a decade.
WPHL 17 started producing news at 10:00 p.m. in 1994 under Inquirer News TONIGHT, with a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Center City Philadelphia’s top newspaper. In 1996, WPHL 17 took full control of the newscast and started airing WB 17 News at 10:00 in it’s place. The name was changed to Philadelphia’s WB 17 News at 10:00 in 2000 before going back to the name before it in 2003. In 2005, the station announced that it would shut-down its news department and broadcast news outsourced.
December 10th, 2005 marked the debuted of WB 17 News at 10:00, Powered by NBC 10, with a news-sharing agreement with WCAU 10. Names have changed from myPHL 17 News at 10:00 in 2006, when the station received the MyNetwork TV affilation after the WB folded, to PHL 17 News at 10:00 in 2010. All of this while still being produced by WCAU 10 and it was a half-hour newscast.
It wasn’t until 2012 when the station changed agreements and started airing Action News at 10:00 on PHL 17, with an agreement from WPVI 6. This agreement was actually more successful because it expanded to an hour in 2014, unlike the WPHL 17-WCAU 10 agreement and unlike that one, which never had a dent in the ratings at 10:00 p.m., the WPVI 6-produced version of the 10:00 p.m. newscast has had monumental success. So much so that in some instances, it has dethroned long-time leader at 10:00 p.m., WTXF 29, in the ratings and continues to be successful.
This new half-hour newscast will be Independent from BOTH EyeOpener and Action News at 10:00 and both programs will remain in the same timeslots, 6:00-8:00 a.m. and 10:00-11:00 p.m., respectively. The only other program that WPHL 17 produces is a public affairs program called PHL 17 In Focus, which is seen on Saturday mornings at 6:30 and 11:30 a.m. The new half-hour morning newscast will compete with KYW 3, WPVI 6, WCAU 10, WTXF 29 and WFMZ 69 for morning news in that timeslot.
Congrats WPHL 17, your now back in the news game. At least try to survive, this time.
It’s time to refresh your TV news brain once again to send out another reminder as to what newscasts will be debuting this weekend…
Saturday September 13th, 2014/Sunday September 14th, 2014:
- 5:00-6:00 AM: CBS 2 Morning News at 5:00 a.m.
- 10:00-11:00 PM: CBS 2 News at 10:00
WBBM in Chicago. The morning news expands once again to 5:00 a.m. as it has proven successful for WBBM 2. Other than WGN 9, all of the BIG 3 stations in Chicago that produce weekend morning news will start at 5:00 a.m. Also, their weekend 10:00 p.m. newscast will expand to an hour to try to compete with WLS 7’s already hour-long weekend 10:00 p.m. newscast.
- 10:00-11:00 PM: Channel 6 Action News at 10:00 on PHL 17
WPHL in Philadelphia. It’s not just the weekday edition expanding, the weekend editions are expanding as well.
- 6:00-7:00 AM: Channel 3 News Today at 6:00 a.m.
- 7:00-8:00 AM: Channel 3 News Today at 7:00 a.m. (Sundays ONLY)
WKYC in Cleveland. The new 6:00 a.m. hour is expanding to both days while the 7:00 a.m. hour will be on Sundays ONLY.
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.
WPHL 17 loves WPVI 6 so much that Channel 6 Action News at 10:00 on PHL 17 is expanding to 1 hour, starting September 8th. Why? No surprise as to why because Action News is the most-watched news program in the Delaware Valley for 35+ years now. Ducis Rodgers with Sports, 6ABC AccuWeather with AMS/Meteorologist Adam Joseph, Shirleen Allicot and Brian Taff will continue to helm the weeknight editions when the program expands to an hour. Jeff Skversky with Sports, 6ABC AccuWeather with AMS/Sealed Meteorologist Melissa Magee and Walter Perez will continue to helm the weekend editions of the 10:00 p.m. program. The program was #1 at 10:00 p.m. for the month of July. YES, even beating WTXF 29’s long-established FOX 29 News at 10:00. They (WPHL 17) say that’s a testament to the power of Action News. With this new expansion, Modern Family will shift to 11:00 p.m., also starting September 8th.
I wonder if WPHL 17 will FINALLY replace that boring news program called EyeOpener in the morning with a 2-hour extension of Channel 6 Action News This Morning. Wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen.