FIRST ON THE BLOG: A small change to report on and its an expansion from The Delaware Valley.
FIRST ON THE BLOG: I wasn’t able to post yesterday due to effects from Hurricane Irma, which led us to lose power for 13 hours. Today, we’re catching up and these two small changes debuted on Sunday.
FIRST ON THE BLOG: Some small changes have occurred at two different Philadelphia stations. And yet, they do have something in common.
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.
UPDATE as of 8:15 p.m. on 8/22/2014: Channel 6 Action News at Noon will expand to an hour on Monday, September 8th. That day will be super busy as we will see newscasts debut left and right across this country.
FIRST ON THE BLOG: A poster on TVNewsTalk.net (great website, check it out.) says that WPVI 6 is expanding to a full-hour of news at noon and it will. WPVI 6 is expanding another newscast because people love Action News. WPVI 6 is expanding Channel 6 Action News at Noon from 30 minutes to a full-hour at noon, starting soon, possibly in September. The expanded hour replaces Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? which is moving to 2:00 p.m. to replace half of Katie, which has since been canceled. This is how the new programming lineup will be, once the noon newscast expands to a full hour:
- 12:00 p.m. – Channel 6 Action News at Noon
- 1:00 p.m. – The Chew
- 2:00 p.m. – Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
- 2:30 p.m. – Jeopardy! (repeat)
- 3:00 p.m. – General Hospital
- 4:00 p.m. – Channel 6 Action News at 4:00
- 5:00 p.m. – Channel 6 Action News at 5:00
- 5:30 p.m. – Channel 6 Action News at 5:30
- 6:00 p.m. – Channel 6 Action News at 6:00
- 6:30 p.m. – ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (soon gonna be replaced by David Muir)
WCAU 10 also produces an hour-long midday newscast, but at 11:00 a.m. Other than WFMZ-TV 69 which will remain a half-hour for news at noon, WCAU 10 and WPVI 6 are the only ones producing midday newscasts at 11:00 a.m. and noon, respectively.
IMO… I say, IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!
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.