Friday, July 2, 2010
KGO/ABC7 plans 4 PM newscast next year
KGO-TV/ABC7 is planning a 4 PM newscast next year to coincide with the departure of Oprah Winfrey from ABC stations.
There's word through a source that sports tonsil Larry Beil, who's been doing some summer news anchoring, would switch from sports to news and head the early-afternoon 4 PM show.
No decision has been made on specific personnel to work the new newscast, but Beil seems logical. Earlier this year, KTVU's Mark Ibanez anchored the noon newscast on Channel 2 to fairly good reviews.
In this tough economic climate, local stations are going to more and more news blocks, largely because they still generate the bulk of revenue and given KGO's heavy presence, (5- 7 PM) on news, adding another hour seems fairly logical.
Word also comes my way that KGO will be launching a new 3 PM local show to replace the recently axed, "View from the Bay." No details yet as to what the show will focus on, but it will be a Bay Area-themed program.
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