Are you ready for even more local TV news?
WIVB-TV (Channel 4) joins the current trend of expanding local news broadcasts and adds an additional 90 minutes of weekday news to sister station WNLO-TV, likely from August or September.
Brien Kennedy, general manager of Nexstar WIVB and WNLO stations, confirmed news expansion plans, which were Channel 4’s news department’s worst-kept secret.
The delay in announcing plans is due to not having a start date and not having decided on an anchor point.
WNLO, also known as CW 23 due to its affiliation with the CW network, will broadcast an extra hour on weekday mornings, meaning local news will air from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the channel after WIVB’s 4 a.m. 30 to 7 a.m. am news ends.
WNLO will also broadcast news from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., tentatively starting August 9. The 6:30 p.m. newscast on WNLO, which began when Dominic Mancuso was managing director and only averaged just 0.5 in May’s sweeps against three National Night Network newscasts, is abandoned.
Additional news broadcasts mean that there will be local news on at least one of the five major affiliate networks for a total of 12 hours a day. Local news will be available from 4:30 am to 10:00 am, with a half hour at 11:00 am . and noon, 4 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., half an hour to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. And, of course, Spectrum News is accessible to cable subscribers 24 hours a day.