The new syndicated daily series for fall 2015 will cover crime, mystery, intrigue and human drama with local reporters from across the U.S.
The Tribune Broadcasting station group will launch Crime Watch Daily, a new one hour, daily program in fall 2015. The show, which will originate from Los Angeles, is produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
The Crime Watch Daily team of experienced reporters go across the United States to uncover local stories and turn them into national headlines. Its reporting is designed to give viewers the story behind the story — unique angles, in-depth interviews — following them to completion.
According to Warner Bros., “The show exposes and confronts ‘the bad guys,’ blows the lid off scandals and seeks justice for victims. Crime Watch Daily’s network of stations will serve as an ‘extended newsroom,’ sharing resources and using local reporters to cover the stories in local markets all over the country.
It story lineup will include unsolved murder stories, videos highlighting caught-on-camera crimes, and courtroom dramas, stings, spotlights on missing persons and undercover investigations.
Crime Watch Daily will debut on the Tribune-owned stations in markets reaching 42% of the country including: New York (WPIX), Los Angeles (KTLA), Chicago (WGN), Philadelphia (WPHL), Dallas (KDAF), Washington, DC (WDCW), Houston (KIAH), Seattle (KCPQ/KZJO), Miami (WSFL), Denver (KWGN/KDVR), Cleveland (WJW), Sacramento (KTXL), St. Louis (KPLR/KTVI), Portland OR (KRCW), Indianapolis (WTTV/WXIN), San Diego (KSWB), Hartford (WCCT/WTIC), Kansas City (WDAF), Salt Lake City (KSTU), Milwaukee (WITI), Grand Rapids (WXMI), Oklahoma City (KAUT/KFOR), Harrisburg (WPMT), Norfolk (WTKR/WGNT), Greensboro (WGHP), New Orleans (WGNO/WNOL), Wilkes Barre (WNEP), Des Moines (WHO) and Ft. Smith (KFSM/KXNW).
Crime Watch Daily was created by Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, who will serve as an executive producer of the program. Jeremy Spiegel and Scott Eldridge will also serve as executive producers.
“There is a terrific opportunity in early fringe leading into local news as well as in daytime to capture an audience who are longing for distinctive, addictive and real life storytelling,” said Ken Werner, president, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “As we’ve seen on cable and in other dayparts, audiences have an insatiable appetite for real life investigations and crime stories, which by their nature are filled with mystery, intrigue and human drama. We believe both affiliate and independent stations will embrace this unique opportunity.”
“Crime Watch Daily is a program that will be a strong compliment across a variety of dayparts and we believe it will work as a news adjacent program or in Tribune Broadcasting’s daytime,” said Sean Compton, President of Strategic Programming and Acquisitions, Tribune Media.