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  1. KIVI will begin producing separate local newscasts for its Twin Falls repeater KSAW-LD, starting Monday (April 13). KIVI/KNIN anchor Roland Berres and chief meteorologist Scott Dorval will helm the weeknight 5:30 and 10:00 broadcasts, which will feature three multimedia journalists based in Twin Falls conducting local field reports. (KSAW currently airs a simulcast of KIVI’s 5:00 p.m. newscast, World News Tonight at 5:30 [which will likely replace the 5:00 news from Boise, if not move to 6:00] and a double run of The Big Bang Theory at 6:00.) KIVI’s Good Morning Idaho, and its weekend 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts will continue to be simulcast on KSAW.
  2. UPDATE: TV Guide and OnTVTonight have revised their listings for WHME to account for the added WISH simulcasts, and apparently, weekend news simulcasts will be limited in scope. The full schedule will consist of these newscasts: * News 8 Daybreak - weekdays 4:00-10:00 a.m., Saturdays 5:30-7:00 a.m. * News 8 at 4:00 - weekdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. * News 8 at 5:00 - weekdays 5:00-6:00 p.m. * News 8 at 6:00 - weekdays 6:00-7:00 p.m., Saturdays 6:00-6:30 p.m. * News 8 at 10:00 - weeknights 10:00-11:00 p.m. * News 8 at 11:00 - Monday-Saturdays 11:00-11:30 p.m. Exempted newscasts are the Saturday 7:00-10:00 and Sunday 5:30-10:00 a.m. editions of Daybreak, the weekday 11:00 a.m. News 8 Midday (shown on WISH from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.), the Saturday editions of the 10:00 p.m. newscast and all Sunday newscasts (as well as The Sports Locker). Religious and secular programming as well as infomercials will continue to occupy WHME’s entire Sunday schedule. BTW, WISH parent Circle City Broadcasting states that WHME will basically be the test springboard for a statewide news network to include simulcasting agreements with other Indiana television stations (in cities like Terre Haute, Evansville and Fort Wayne) that don’t have a news operation of their own. So, the WHME arrangement is likely to be a long-term thing.
  3. Maybe not completely. At least as of Monday (April 6), the network was still running show-designed credits during Days of Our Lives. BTW, from seeing them during episodes I’ve watched on NBC’s streaming platforms, I always thought the way Days designed their end credits nowadays didn’t look all that great, what with the mix of regular and italic kernings of Arial that they used, it looks kinda clunky and not quite adequate looking for TV. Compare their current credits layout... with how it looked in 1995 (and earlier) or even 2006:
  4. Wait, almost? Did KEVN not move its late news to 9:00 right when it switched to Fox in ‘96?
  5. Although the station hasn’t updated its listings to include which of WISH’s newscasts will be shown on its schedule, WHME has (mostly) disclosed which newscasts will be simulcast on the station on its website. On weekdays, WHME will carry all six hours of News 8 Daybreak (4:00-10:00 a.m.), its three-hour early evening news block (4:00-7:00 p.m.) and its late news block (10:00-11:30 p.m.). The only weekday newscast that WHME will not carry is the 11:00 a.m. midday show. While it also noted it would carry WISH’s weekend newscasts, the page didn’t specify which ones; presumably, it will carry the full schedule (Saturday and Sunday editions of Daybreak, and the 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts as well as the SportsLocker), although Family Broadcasting’s stations have usually filled much of their Sunday schedules with religious programming, so it’s possible that WHME may have to shuffle some of those shows around the schedule and maybe even drop some of the secular classic series that it airs on Sunday afternoons (or even a couple of the religious programs it airs at other parts of the day) to incorporate all of WISH’s Sunday newscasts.
  6. From what I was able to find out about it, Real Life apparently was cleared on 147 NBC stations (at least, initially) when it debuted in March 1996. (It was one of many failed talk show attempts that NBC tried during the first half of the 1990s, including among others, One on One with John Tesh, the Faith Daniels-hosted A Closer Look and an eponymous program hosted by Night Court star Marsha Warfield.) It effectively was a replacement for another failed talk show, The Other Side (an Unsolved Mysteries-esque series focusing on paranormal phenomena) which following its cancellation in late 1995 was temporarily replaced by a secondary run of Leeza Gibbons’ daytime talker, Leeza (the only reasonably successful talk show NBC aired during that period, before it was sent off into syndication in 1999, when NBC dropped it, NBC News at Sunrise [subsequently replaced by Early Today] and long-running soap Another World [which was replaced by Passions, even though Sunset Beach had even lower ratings than AW, which was in ninth place vs. Sunset’s 11th/last-place showing among the daytime soaps at the time] from its schedule). Along with in-studio segments from Boston, the show also featured reports filed by correspondents based in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami and Philadelphia. Persistently low ratings led NBC to cancel Real Life in the fall of 1996, and hosts Lu Hanessian and Ken Taylor (who both had NBC connections prior to its premiere; Taylor as co-anchor of the weekend editions of WNBC’s Today in New York, Hanessian as host of the talk show Have a Heart on MSNBC predecessor America’s Talking) left prior to the end of its run; the show was replaced by the Aaron Spelling-produced soap Sunset Beach in January 1997.
  7. Starting Monday (April 6), Full Court Press will launch a special coronavirus-focused weeknight edition to be anchored by regular host Greta Van Susteren (who will present from an in-home studio) and WVUE anchor Lee Zurik (who will host from New Orleans). The program, to be titled Full Court Press Now, will air most of Gray’s stations; no word on if it will air on non-Gray stations that carry the main weekend program (like KOCO in my hometown, which carries Full Court Press early Sunday mornings before the 5:00-7:00 block of their weekend morning newscast).
  8. The bizarre thing about this is that earlier in the week, Baldwin was brought to tears during an interview with a woman whose mother died from COVID-19, and who couldn’t see her to say goodbye. Little did Baldwin know, she had been infected herself, but was asymptomatic at the time. Given this and Chris Cuomo’s diagnosis, it’s possible CNN may need to do to its Hudson Yards facility what CBS did to Broadcast Center when its first news employees tested positive. I don’t know if they’ll fall back on using CNN Center in Atlanta as an auxiliary facility for some of its broadcasts (like CNN Newsroom) if a temporary closure for extensive cleaning happens. At least, they should have all of their New York employees that have not yet done so, including on-air talent, work remotely.
  9. Thanks for the clarification. The original post by MidwestTV made it sound as if it was a launch of a half-hour 5:00 p.m. newscast, as opposed to WDAF extending its existing, hour-long Saturday early evening news block by 30 minutes to match said block on weekdays (from 5:00 to 6:30).
  10. WDAF already had a Saturday 5:00 p.m. newscast; the more frequent sports preemptions on Saturdays caused by Fox in the past few years effectively placed it on an inconsistent hiatus (I believed it still aired on the few recent occasions when Fox didn’t have a sports event running in early access; previously, it would be delayed to 6:00 if there was no sports scheduled during that hour). Also, TV listings I looked at for WDAF (including its Zap2It-powered listings on the station’s website) show it as running for one hour, the length its 5:00 p.m. news had been airing on all seven days of the week since the 1994 NBC-to-Fox switch.
  11. Circle City Broadcasting has struck an agreement with the Family Broadcasting Corporation (the former LeSEA Broadcasting) to simulcast WISH-TV’s newscasts on religious-secular independent WHME/South Bend starting April 6. Family Broadcasting’s flagship station will carry around 60 hours per week of WISH’s newscasts, though exactly which ones will be carried and which ones will be exempted have not been immediately specified.
  12. KTRK weekday 3:00 and 6:30 p.m. anchor Chauncy Glover announced Thursday that he has tested positive for coronavirus and is under self-quarantine. The disclosure from his Facebook account:
  13. The FCC appears to be going down this route. They have issued guidance opening up waivers of the 15% weekly programming time limit for stations operated under brokerage agreements to offer additional news programming they couldn’t run otherwise under current rules for as long as the pandemic is considered a national emergency. From Broadcasting & Cable: Also of note, WMC-TV has formed a partnership with Shelby County Schools (the district encompassing Memphis and its suburbs within the county to offer distance education telecourses for language arts/English, science and math for students from pre-K to 12th Grade on its 5.2 subchannel (relegating Bounce TV programming on that subchannel to nights and weekends mainly) starting today. This lasts likely until the district is able to either resume in-person classes or the calendar school year ends. It’s interesting that the school district approached WMC to do this, since telecourses have historically been broadcast on PBS stations (like Memphis’ local PBS member station WKNO and nearby Mississippi Public Broadcasting and Arkansas PBS [fka Arkansas Educational Television Network]) and other non-commercial educational stations.
  14. This kinda got lost in the shuffle, but it appears WBOC has debuted a new graphics package that appears to be from Linear Drift. The package incorporates elements from the current WFLA and KOIN packages. The station has also dropped the serif “16” from its logo, replacing it with the CBS eye. The weather graphics have not been updated, however.
  15. I don’t think Tegna was behind the retitling of WTHR’s news brand necessarily. WWL still uses the Eyewitness News branding for its newscasts five years out from the company’s spinoff from Gannett. I think it may be a station-dictated move in conjunction with the changes to the graphics and music, just like when WMAZ dropped the Eyewitness News moniker for its newscasts about two years ago to become simply 13WMAZ News. These “vanilla” titles have kinda become more common over the past decade, probably because station consultants probably think they convey an “old school” air to the brand, just like when NewsCenter and NewsWatch went out of style by the end of the 20th Century and NewsScene went out of style towards the mid-to-late ‘80s. Unique news branding makes sense, it’s just no one thinks applying it to the newscast title is “modern”. Those still using brands like Eyewitness News, NewsChannel, NewsCenter, etc. are really more of an exception these days than they were before the early 2010s.
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