With the upcoming departure of the latenight syndicated talk show, at least five Tribune Broadcasting stations will fill the 11 p.m. slot with local news, and more may follow. It’s also an opportunity to experiment with formats in the hopes of winning over younger viewers, says new Tribune news chief Katherine Green.
The Nexstar Green Bay CBS affil adds an hour-long newscast at 4 p.m. and extends its 6 p.m. broadcast to an hour following the appointment of Kent Harrell as news director.
The weekday half hour will be anchored by Carlos Amezcua and Christine Devine. “We are excited to bring our viewers the only local newscast at this time,” says ND Kingsley Smith.
To produce the extra hour, the Tribune station is hiring five full-time employees, including two on-air positions. “Every time we’ve launched a new newscast, we’ve always said, ‘Let’s do this with more. Let’s do this right,’” says News Director Lee Rosenthal. The station is now airing a promo for the newscast, which is set to debut next Monday.