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WPIX Broadcasts From 18 Neighborhoods

Date Posted: 6/1/2018

Tribune’s CW affiliate WPIX-TV New York City is broadcasting its morning news from 18 different zip codes in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut every Friday this summer. “Zip Trips” launched May 4 at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx, near Yankee Stadium. “Taking a local TV newscast away from the studio to broadcast it live from a neighborhood is a huge undertaking… It’s risky, challenging and expensive,” said Paul Greely of TVNewsCheck. “But it’s also inventive, fun, unpredictable and very viewer-friendly.”

WTIC Airs News Stories About Hope

Date Posted: 6/1/2018

Tribune’s Fox affiliate WTIC-TV Hartford, Conn., airs a segment called “Make-A-Wish Stories of HOPE,” every Tuesday at 10 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Wednesday and Sunday mornings. They highligh local kids, their families and the communities that help grant wishes. These wishes have physical and emotional benefits that increase chances of survival for critically ill kids.

“This partnership with WTIC is huge for us… there’s still a lot of kids out there who are missing out on life-changing wish journeys and our hope is that these weekly stories will help us reach them,” said Make-A-Wish Connecticut President Pam Keough. “…viewers at home are going to learn about the countless ways they can make wishes come true here in Connecticut.”

KSWB-TV Expands 10 p.m. Newscast

Date Posted: 4/23/2018

Tribune’s FOX affiliate KSWB-TV San Diego expanded its10 p.m. newscast from 60 to 90 minutes, beginning April 23.

“In 2008, Fox 5 launched 32 hours of local news in San Diego, and in less than 10 years we’ve grown to deliver 56.5 hours of news a week, the most hours of local news in the San Diego market,” said Rich Goldner, KSWB’s vice president and news director. “This expansion reaffirms our pledge to serve our community with the best in local news.”

Univision New York Holds Public Forum about Gun Control

Date Posted: 4/17/2018

Univision’s WXTV-TV and WADO-AM New York, in partnership with the Office of the Bronx Borough President, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, News 12 The Bronx, BronxNet and El Diario NY hosted “Enough is Enough, Ni Una Muerte Más” on April 17. The bilingual public forum in English and Spanish addressed concerns about gun laws in the nation, New York state, and New York City. Award-winning anchor Adriana Vargas and Emmy nominated anchor Jessica Cunnington moderated the panel, which included a Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark to address questions from the audience and those sent via Facebook.

WAND-TV Adds Two Weekend Newscasts

Date Posted: 1/31/2018

Block Communication’s NBC affiliate WAND-TV Decatur, Ill., is adding two weekend newscasts, known as “Weekend Daybreak,” that will air on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Premiering on February 10, Caryn Eisert and Meredith Juliet will co-anchor the hour-long shows. “Viewers want news and weather all the time and by bringing news to weekend mornings, we are providing them what they are looking for,” said Ricky Joseph, WAND-TV president and general manager.

Telemundo Expands Local and National Midday Newscasts

Date Posted: 1/1/2018

Telemundo-owned television stations KVEA Los Angeles, WNJU New York, WSCV Miami, KTMD Houston, KXTX-TV Dallas-Fort Worth, WSNS-TV Chicago, KVDA San Antonio, KTAZ Phoenix, KHRR Tucson and KTLM Rio Grande Valley, increased their news output, adding daily local newscasts at noon Monday-Friday. Telemundo also launched a new weekday national newscast, “Noticias Telemundo, Mediodia” to air at 12:30 p.m.

“The need for local news has never been greater,” said Telemundo Station Group President Manuel Martinez. “Ours are the only local Spanish-language stations in their markets that can deliver their audiences hyper-local news, weather forecasts, consumer and investigative reports, sports and entertainment information across all platforms. We are proud to dedicate more resources to our stations to help them boost their already strong local news programming to help them better serve their viewers with the news and information they need and deserve.”

WWNY-TV Watertown Expands News in 2018

Date Posted: 1/1/2018

United Communications Corp.’s CBS affiliate WWNY-TV Watertown, N.Y. launched a 5 p.m. newscast titled “First at 5” in early 2018. The new broadcast will air live weekdays from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

“Our news expansion demonstrates our commitment not only to true localism, but to covering the issues most important to our viewers in all areas of Northern New York,” said WWNY-TV General Manager Ed Bassler.

“With the addition of a 5 p.m. news, 7 News will be presenting more than 27 hours of local news a week.,” said WWNY-TV News Director Scott Atkinson. “That’s a big, expensive commitment for a small TV station, but it’s one we’re proud to make.”

KEYC-TV Mankato Adding A.M. Newscasts In 2018

Date Posted: 1/1/2018

United Communications Corp.’s CBS affiliate KEYC-TV Mankato, Minn., added an hour-long morning newscast in January 2018. “KEYC News 12 This Morning” will air live weekdays from 6 to 7 a.m.

“With the addition of our new morning newscast, KEYC News 12 will present more than 22 hours of local news, weather and sports each week,” said KEYC-TV General Manager Marvin Rhodes.

Seattle Anchor Shares Personal Story About Sexual Abuse

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Date Posted: 10/16/2017

Tenga’s NBC affiliate KING-TV Seattle aired a seven-minute segment on October 16, prompted by the #MeToo movement, in which anchor Amity Addrisi shared her story of sexual abuse. Addrisi told a narrative about a little girl who was sexually abused by older cousins in a basement in exchange for candy. She later revealed that girl was her and that she hid her story for decades.

Watch the entire segment here.

WMAZ Partners on Reporting Initiative

Date Posted: 7/19/2017

TEGNA’s CBS affiliate WMAZ-TV Macon, Ga., created a local reporting partnership with Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Knight Foundation awarded Mercer University a $2 million grant to expand local television news reporting, enhance their innovative journalism education model and increase community engagement initiatives. The Center for Collaborative Journalism will add a full-time reporter who will work with WMAZ and students to produce local stories that will appear on-air and online. “Like the Center and Knight Foundation, we believe that quality, trusted, fact-based journalism can make a difference and serve the greater good,” said WMAZ President and General Manager Jeff Dudley. “It is our hope that through this partnership, students feel better prepared to start their journalism careers while understanding the important role we play in our communities.”

Univision Launches New Midday Newscast

Date Posted: 4/17/2017

On April 17, Univision Communications Inc. launched local versions of “Edición Digital” (Digital Edition), the first newscast conceived, designed and produced for simulcast on digital platforms and live broadcast television. The new 30-minute midday newscasts take a hyper-localized approach to covering a wide range of topics, such as current events, lifestyle and trending stories on social media. “Edición Digital” is currently available in California, Dallas, Miami, and New York on local Univision stations and websites.

Univision Arizona and Cronkite School Air ‘Cronkite Noticias’

Date Posted: 2/8/2017

Univision Arizona and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication have partnered on a regular 30-minute news program. “Cronkite Noticias” launched February 17 and airs on KFPH-TV Flagstaff every other Friday during the academic year. Bi-lingual students in the Cronkite School report on the economy, education, sustainability, immigration and other issues important to the region’s Latino communities.

WMAR Secures First TV Exclusive with Officer Charged in Freddie Gray Death

Date Posted: 11/17/2016

Scripps’ ABC affiliate WMAR-TV Baltimore News Investigative Reporter Brian Kuebler talked with Baltimore City Police Sergeant Alicia White in the first televised interview of any of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The interview aired November 17 at 11:00 p.m. followed by additional reports on-air and online. Sgt. White talked about the charges and her feelings toward Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, whom White is suing for defamation and invasion of privacy. “This interview is an important element of how we as a station have worked to share all voices of our community in this polarizing case,” said News Director Kelly Groft.

KCRG Covers Cedar Rapids Floods

Date Posted: 9/27/2016

Gray Television’s ABC affiliate KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids, IA aired critical flood coverage on September 27. The Cedar River was expected to crest at 23 feet that afternoon, which caused flooding in several neighborhoods throughout the region.

Broadcasters Cover Racial Tensions

Date Posted: 8/1/2016

On July 7, a sniper opened fire at a protest in Dallas against police violence, killing five officers and wounding seven others. This shooting came within days of violent incidents in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge. Local broadcasters immediately provided wall-to-wall coverage of the situation and forums for solace and discussion in the weeks that followed.

All Access reported that some journalists used their personal vehicles or Uber to travel to the scene and were not able to leave because the crime scene was still active. “The staff remains committed to serving the people of Dallas-Ft. Worth,” Service Broadcastings’ KKDA-AM Director of Operations George Cook told Inside Radio. “I am very proud of the efforts under pressure demonstrated by the K104 Family and the KRNB Smooth Crew.”

- iHeartMedia Dallas also re-imaged to include “#DallasStrong on digital platforms.
- Cumulus Media’s WBAP and KILF-AM went commercial-free and pulled all contesting, jingles and station imaging. Radio Ink interviewed Program Director Tyler Cox about the station’s approach to coverage.
- CBS Radio’s KRLD-AM Dallas aired a special edition of “Weekend Roundup” entirely devoted to the Dallas shootings and the recent police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge and Minnesota.
- ABC aired "America in Crisis: Ambush in Dallas" and a special edition of "20/20."
- CBS "48 Hours" aired a special, "Bringing A Nation Together."
- According to RBR, “Radio One, Inc. stated that it is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent events in our country. There is no doubt that this is a critical moment in our history.”
- A CBS journalist filed a report while down, almost on his stomach. Another was so close to the site where a bomb detonated early on July 8 that viewers could hear the explosion. “It was a pretty harrowing experience but we got solid coverage,” said CBS Dallas President and General Manager Gary Schneider told Broadcasting & Cable.
- Watch video here from CBS News Dallas correspondent Manuel Bojorquez, who was a short distance away when the gunman opened fire.

Stations Provide Solace Following Shootings

Television Stations that held town hall meetings to address racial tensions include:
- TEGNA’s ABC affiliate WFAA-TV Dallas hosted a town hall and also raised $716,000 for the fallen officers in a “Stand United” campaign.
- Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate KIRO-TV Seattle hosted, aired and streamed a one-hour conversation on July 13.
- TEGNA’s ABC affiliate KVUE Austin aired a video on Facebook, getting almost two million views.
- Raycom’s Fox affiliate WXIX Cincinnati aired special reports and programming throughout the day on July 15, including an hour-long special, “Black, White and Blue: A Community Conversation.” Activists, city leaders and former law enforcement officers came to the station to discuss the nation’s toughest questions and how those issues affect Cincinnati.
- Scripps’ ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV aired “Detroit 2020: Unify Detroit” on July 14.
- Raycom’s CBS affiliate WAFB Baton Rouge held a town hall: “Where Do We Go From Here?”
- TEGNA’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston hosted a town hall, “Courageous Conversation.” It was intended to last an hour and a half, but continued for four hours.
- Manship Station’s ABC affiliate WBRZ Baton Rouge raised $185,000 in the “Unite for Our Heroes Telethon” on July 28 on WBRZ, WBRZ.com, and Facebook Live to benefit the families of the officers and deputies who were killed or injured. “During this tragic time for our community, we were just trying to find a way, like so many others, that we could help,” said Director Jake Manship.
- TEGNA’s NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV Buffalo aired a half hour special and moderated a on July 18.
- ABC-owned KGO-TV San Francisco hosted a two-hour live town hall “
A Bay Area Conversation.”
- Hearst’s ABC affiliate WCVB Boston aired “5 On: Race in Boston” July 14.
- TEGNA’s ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, Mich. used the morning drive to hold a community conversation with a project called “LOVE/Hate.”
- Bounce TV and one of its founders, Martin Luther King III, launched an on-air and online initiative asking the Justice Department to require that local law enforcement be trained in de-escalating incidents with African Americans.
- TEGNA’s CBS affiliate WUSA Washington aired “Race: An Honest Conversation” for viewers to discuss the shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. They used the hashtag #9TalksRace.

Radio Stations that held town halls and fundraisers

- Alpha Media’s KMKT-FM Dallas organized a Stop the Music, Stop the Violence” community conversation at its headquarters on July 8 and a forum on July 15. The program aired on WFXE-FM, WOKS-AM, WKZJ-FM, WIOL-FM and WEAM-FM. “The purpose is to open up the phone lines to have a real conversation with the listeners and the citizens of Columbus, Georgia, to give them an outlet to express any of their feelings as to whether the things happening nationally are impacting them locally,” said Business Manager Geniece Granville.
- Alpha Media’s KXL-FM Portland Ore. personality Lars Lawson held a fundraiser for law enforcement on July 15 to benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We are extremely excited about hosting this event and letting Law Enforcement Officers know that there are many people who truly support them and sincerely appreciate the job they do each day,” said Operations Manager Bruce Collins.
- Summit Media’s WBHK-FM Birmingham hosted a “Silence the Violence Rally” on July 14.

KHOU-TV Receives Multiple Media Awards

Date Posted: 7/14/2016

Tegna Media’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston was honored with multiple awards at the annual Lone Star Awards banquet by the Houston Press Club. In 2016, the station took home 14 Lone Star Awards, more than any other media organization in Texas, including television, radio, magazines and public relations. First Place Winning entries for the station included:

• TV Journalist Of The Year: 1st place: Scott Noll
• TV Breaking News: 1st place: Marcelino Benito, Scott McKenney– “Shots Fired Into Crowd At Vigil”
• TV Investigative Series: 1st place: Jeremy Rogalski, Keith Tomshe– “Keeping HPD Honest”
• Internet Collaborative News Reporting: 1st place: KHOU.com – “Fallen Deputy Darren Goforth”

KHOU-TV Receives Multiple Media Awards

Date Posted: 7/14/2016

Tegna Media’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston was honored with multiple awards at the annual Lone Star Awards banquet by the Houston Press Club. In 2016, the station took home 14 Lone Star Awards, more than any other media organization in Texas, including television, radio, magazines and public relations. First Place Winning entries for the station included:

• TV Journalist Of The Year: 1st place: Scott Noll
• TV Breaking News: 1st place: Marcelino Benito, Scott McKenney– “Shots Fired Into Crowd At Vigil”
• TV Investigative Series: 1st place: Jeremy Rogalski, Keith Tomshe– “Keeping HPD Honest”
• Internet Collaborative News Reporting: 1st place: KHOU.com – “Fallen Deputy Darren Goforth”

ABC Radio Wins Awards for Breaking News

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Cumulus’ WABC-AM New York City was recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) with 2016 Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence, Breaking News and Hard News. ABC received won the Breaking News category for its coverage of the San Bernardino Shootings and the Hard News category with its report “Attacks in Paris: One Week Later.”

WVUE New Orleans Recognized by RTDNA

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Raycom’s Fox affiliate WVUE New Orleans has earned, for the sixth consecutive year, the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). WVUE won the “News Series” category for Reporter Lee Zurik’s “Swiped: Financial Mismanagement.” Zurik exposed a Louisiana retirement system executive director who spent recklessly on personal trips and meals while squandering nearly $150 million in retiree benefits. The series led to the executive director’s resignation and sweeping institutional changes. WVUE was also recognized in the “Use of Video” category for the weekly “Heart of Louisiana” series produced by Dave McNamara. The winning story featured a nature photographer, the birds at Grand Isle and a behind the scenes look at a Cajun bakery.

WESH-TV Coverage of Orlando Massacre

Date Posted: 6/12/2016

Hearst’s NBC affiliate WESH-TV Daytona Beach supplemented its wall-to-wall coverage with live breaking news coverage with Spanish captioning on its sister station, Estrella TV Orlando during primetime on June 12. This live coverage was distributed to Hearst’s Spanish stations in Sacramento, Tampa, Albuquerque and Monterey.

KOLD-TV Launches Spanish Language News App

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Raycom Media’s KOLD-TV Tucson launched its first-ever Spanish language news app. The app, called "Noticias KOLD 13", includes local stories, information on events, weather and international content.

Hawaiian Station Weighs Sovereignty Debate

Date Posted: 5/19/2016

Raycom Media’s KHNL/KGMB-TV Honolulu produced a 30-minute special about the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement and its potential impact on the state. The program featured a round-table discussion that included two former Hawaii Governors, John Waihee and Ben Cayetano. Both Governors have conflicting views on the issue, but agree that that the community and politicians have avoided this sensitive subject for too long. More information is available here.

WTXF To Debut 11 P.M. Newscast

Date Posted: 5/18/2016

Fox’s WTXF-TV Philadelphia will debut a weeknight 11:00 p.m. newscast on Monday, August 1. Lucy Noland will anchor alongside meteorologist Kathy Orr and sports anchor Howard Eskin. “It’s a lightning pace, hang-on-to-your-seat rundown of what’s happening each night and need-to-know news of the day,” said WTXF News Director Jim Driscoll.

WLOX-TV Continues Storm Coverage After Lightning Strike

Date Posted: 5/17/2016

Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate WLOX-TV Biloxi-Gulfport was providing wall-to-wall coverage of severe weather on May 17 when the station was struck by lightning. Station employees continued to inform residents of the weather via Facebook Live and other social media. On-air signals were restored a few hours later.

WFLA Tampa Expands Midday News

Date Posted: 5/4/2016

Media General’s NBC affiliate WFLA Tampa, will be expanding its local news coverage with a new one-hour midday newscast at 11 a.m. beginning on June 13. Meteorologist Leigh Spann will join co-anchors Stacie Schaible and Gene Ramirez.

Tennessee Broadcasters Deliver Lifeline News and Community Support

Date Posted: 5/4/2016

The Tennessee Association of Broadcasters recently provided great examples of how the state’s local radio and television stations serve their communities.

Midwest Communications Media contributed 65 hours in donated airtime and raised collected $900,000 for the American Cancer Society. In Knoxville, Scripps Radio Group’s WWST-FM, WKHT-FM, WCYQ-FM and WNOX-FM raised $251,000 for the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

In 2016, Nexstar’s Memphis stations ABC affiliate WATN-TV, CW affiliate WLMT-TV and Fox affiliate WJKT-TV expect to air at least 5,000 hours in investigative journalism, 120,000 hours in news coverage and 100 hours in election coverage. Morris Multimedia’s CBS affiliate WDEF-TV Chattanooga anticipates 200 hours in investigative journalism, 1,400 hours of local news, 200 hours in Emergency Weather coverage and 500 hours dedicated to elections.

Additional information is available in this report.

WFXT Boston Adds 4 p.m. Newscast

Date Posted: 4/28/2016

Cox-owned WFXT Boston launched Fox25 News at 4:00 p.m. on April 25. Elizabeth Hopkins and Blair Miller co-anchor the weekday newscast with Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz. The additional hour of news gives WFXT a three-hour block of local news coverage from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. “The addition of Fox25 News at 4:00 p.m. is part of our long-term commitment to provide Boston-area viewers the most complete and in-depth local news, weather, traffic and sports coverage,” said WFXT Vice President and General Manager Tom Raponi.

KDVR Expands Early and Mid-Morning News

Date Posted: 4/14/2016

Tribune Media’s Fox affiliate KDVR Denver is expanding its early and mid-morning newscasts. The station launched a weekday 11 a.m. newscast April 11 and started the morning newscast, “Good Day Colorado,” a half-hour earlier at 4:30 a.m. Brooke Wagner and Kirk Yuhnke now co-anchor the 4:30 a.m. half-hour of “Good Day Colorado” with meteorologist Greg Dutra and traffic anchor Ken Clark. Wagner, Yuhnke and Dutra will also now anchor the half-hour newscast at 11 a.m.

WLS-AM Chicago Honored Again for Best Newscast

Date Posted: 4/12/2016

Cumulus Media’s WLS-AM Chicago has won Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association’s Best Newscast in the Large Market category for the third consecutive year. “I credit PD/OM Peter Bolger and News Director John Dempsey and his excellent news team for their ongoing commitment to excellence in providing our community with the very best news programming that they can count on, day after day and year after year,” said Vice President and Market Manager Peter Bowen.

WLTV Launches Sunday Public Affairs Show

Date Posted: 4/12/2016

Univision-owned WLTV Miami debuted a new Sunday morning public affairs show, "Al Punto Florida," on April 24. The hour-long program features politicians, newsmakers and celebrities discussing issues that affect the Hispanic community in Central and South Florida. The show’s premiere featured an exclusive interview with former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio; a segment on the impact of the Hispanic vote in Florida; and analysis of the 2016 Miami-Dade County mayoral race.

Norah O’Donnell Wins Award for Joe Biden Story

Date Posted: 4/9/2016

CBS This Morning co-anchor Norah O’Donnell accepted an White House Correspondents Association award on April 30. O’Donnell won for excellence in presidential news coverage for her 60 Minutes interview with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, on his decision not to run for president.

KRON Announces 10 P.M. Newscast

Date Posted: 4/8/2016

Media General’s MyNetworkTV KRON-TV San Francisco will launch a one-hour newscast every night at 10 p.m., starting May 16. KRON will hire additional newsroom staff as part of the expansion. “We are committed to being ‘The Bay Area’s News Station’ and providing this additional coverage is both an important and exciting opportunity,” said Vice President and General Manager Ashley Messina.

WFXT Boston to Launch 4 p.m. Newscast

Date Posted: 4/7/2016

Cox Media Group’s Fox affiliate WFXT Boston launched a 4 p.m. newscast starting in mid-April. The new newscast will increase FOX 25’s live news coverage to 65 hours each week and will be anchored by Blair Miller and Elizabeth Hopkins, with chief meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz on weather.

KSTU Salt Lake City Expanding Midday News

Date Posted: 4/4/2016

Tribune’s Fox affiliate KSTU Salt Lake City will expand its midday newscast from 90 minutes to two hours, beginning April 25. With the expansion, KSTU will produce 9.5 hours of live, local news each weekday, for a total of 57 news hours per week. “This expansion further demonstrates Fox 13’s commitment to delivering quality local news to our viewers at times that are convenient for them,” said News Director Marc Sternfield. “We are proud to be Utah’s leader in breadth and depth of local news coverage.”

WOFL Now Airs Six Hours of Local News Each Morning

Date Posted: 4/4/2016

Fox-owned WOFL-TV Orlando expanded its morning weekday local newscast to begin at 4 a.m., starting April 25. The station now offers six hours of local news from 4 to 10 a.m. each weekday, bringing the weekly total to 53 hours.

KMBC Introducing an Hour of News at 4P.M.

Date Posted: 4/3/2016

Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate KMBC-TV Kansas City will launch a new one-hour 4 p.m. newscast beginning April 25. KMBC will also extend its half-hour late newscast on CW affiliate KCWE to a full hour. With these additions, KMBC will air 51 hours of local news, weather and sports coverage each week. “KMBC has built a strong reputation as a leader in local news coverage,” said President and General Manager Sarah Smith. “The launch of our new 4 p.m. newscast will provide them with another opportunity to receive the important local news content they want and deserve.”

KLAS Launches $1.3M in News Enhancements

Date Posted: 4/3/2016

Nexstar’s CBS affiliate KLAS-TV Las Vegas invested $1.3 million into upgrading all aspects of its broadcast operation, including news sets, equipment and weather technology. KLAS will debut expanded local news programming this fall, plus a new local lifestyle show scheduled to launch in early 2017. The station is hiring additional news and production personnel to support the expanded local programming. “We are raising our commitment to local viewers, hometown businesses, and public organizations,” said Vice President and General Manager Lisa Howfield. ‘‘The Valley’s News Leader’ brand will empower our viewers to make informed decisions and take action with our exceptional local news coverage and the most accurate weather forecasts.”

WZDX Huntsville Launches New Facility and 9 p.m. Newscast

Date Posted: 3/22/2016

Nexstar’s Fox affiliate WZDX Huntsville, Ala. will launch an hour-long local news program at 9 p.m. on April 4 that will air Monday through Sunday from its remodeled studios. Nexstar has invested $3.3 million to renovate the facility, add 20 news and production personnel and purchase new broadcast and weather equipment with early warning technology and advanced alert systems. “The dedicated employees at WZDX-TV have a strong history of responding to the needs of the people and communities of Northern Alabama and the launch of our full-coverage, locally-produced news programming is an extension of that legacy,” said General Manager Mark Overstreet.

KMIR Palm Springs Adds 4:30 p.m. Newscast

Date Posted: 3/5/2016

OTA Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate KMIR Palm Springs, Calif. will add a 4:30 newscast, beginning March 29. “’Where the News Comes First,’ is not just a slogan, it’s our commitment to the Coachella Valley,” said VP and General Manager Gene Steinberg. “By adding a 4:30pm newscast, we’ll be bringing our viewers the latest breaking news in a timelier manner.”

KOCO-TV Launches 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Newscasts

Date Posted: 3/4/2016

Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate KOCO-TV Oklahoma City is launching a new hour-long weekday newscast at 9 a.m. and additional local news programming at 9 p.m. every day. “We’re constantly looking for new ways to serve our viewers needs across all our platforms, on-air, web and mobile,” said KOCO General Manager Brent Hensley.

KLAF-KADN Introduce Local Newscasts

Date Posted: 3/4/2016

Nexstar’s NBC affiliate KLAF-LD and Fox affiliate KADN-TV Lafayette, LA introduced local news on April 1. Nexstar recently added over two dozen news personnel and purchased new weather technology and traffic systems. The expanded team of journalists with unique ties to Louisiana will provide viewers with more relevant local news content. The new full-day local news schedule begins April 4. KLAF will air local news on weekdays from 5 - 7 a.m. and at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.; plus Saturdays at 6 and 10 p.m. and Sundays at 5 and 10 p.m. KADN will air newscasts weekdays at 9 p.m.

“This is a very exciting time for KLAF-KADN and our local viewers as the expansion will increase our locally-produced news, lifestyle, sports, weather and community programming to over 22 hours per week, with 24/7 access to additional compelling local content online at CajunFirst.com,” said General Manager Tom Poehler.

KCCI-TV to Add Three Additional Hours of Live News Every Week

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

Hearst’s CBS affiliate KCCI-TV Des Moines announced an additional half-hour local newscast that will broadcast seven days a week on its multicast channel, beginning March 21. “KCCI is committed to being Iowa’s News Leader,” said KCCI President and General Manager Brian Sather. “We know people are looking for news all day long. So from our expanded, market leading newscasts to our online, social and mobile platforms, we are delivering the same high quality news and weather whenever and wherever our viewers want it.”

WDCW-TV to Launch Local Nightly 10p News

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate WDCW Washington, D.C. will launch an additional half-hour local news program each weeknight, beginning April 18. The half-hour newscast will include coverage of the local, national and international news of the day, plus local weather and sports. “Tribune Media has a long and deep-rooted history of being at the forefront of excellence in broadcast news coverage,” said Vince Giannini, Senior Vice President and General Manager of WDCW-TV.

WANE Expands Saturday Morning News to Two Hours

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

Media General’s CBS affiliate WANE-TV Ft. Wayne, Ind. will expand “First News Saturday” to two hours, from 7 to 9 a.m., beginning March 26. “WANE-TV sets the standard for news in the Fort Wayne area,” said News Director Ted Linn. “It’s only natural to make a good thing even better.”

WSFA Provides Critical Weather Information

Date Posted: 2/25/2016

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WSFA Montgomery Ala. provided continuous coverage of severe storms that ripped through the area in late February. The First Alert Weather Team produced wall-to-wall coverage, which included live reports and cut-ins, in addition to updates on social media.