DMA 56: PROVIDENCE, RI

WLNE Providence Launches 4 P.M. News

Today, Standard Media Group’s ABC affiliate WLNE Providence, R.I. (DMA 56), is debuting what it calls “Southern New England’s only local 4 p.m. news program,” First at Four with Alana Cerrone.

“We are delighted to add First at Four with Alana Cerrone to our news programming, said Tina Castano, general manager. “With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting Southern New England, our viewers need timely news and information more than ever, and we are continuing to change our schedules to meet theirs.

“During the past five weeks Alana has driven the coverage of our breaking news reports at 4 p.m., conveying important information about the pandemic and its effects on our local community. The success of those reports during March and early April convinced us to continue the program with Alana as the lead anchor.”

“Alana is a natural for this role,” said Kelly Johnston, news director. “She is a Rhode Island native, a graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy, and a seven-year member of our news team. Her experience and connection to the community make her a perfect choice to lead audiences through that first newscast of the early evening.”

In summer 2019, Alana joined John DeLuca as co-anchor of the ABC6 News at 6 and 11 p.m.

First at Four will air Monday through Friday. The half hour newscast will be followed by the syndicated game show 25 Words or Less.

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