NBC Stations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Hartford, Conn., will debut hour-long 4 p.m. newscasts in May.
Four NBC O&Os To Launch 4 P.M. News
The NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal today announced it is launching 4 p.m. newscasts at four of its stations: WNBC New York (DMA 1), KNBC Los Angeles (DMA 2), WTVJ Miami (DMA 16) and WVIT Hartford, Conn. (DMA 30).
The new 60-minute newscasts will debut in late May.
“Our stations have done a great job building their news teams, enterprising stories and delivering our viewers the local news, weather and information that is important to them,” said Valari Staab, president, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “Our new 4 p.m. newscasts will expand on our local news commitment and offer our viewers even more of what they’re looking for.”
The newscasts will fill holes in the stations’ daytime schedule caused by the cancellation of the The Meredith Vieira Show.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which was just renewed by the NBC Owned Stations through the summer of 2020, will move from 4 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning in late May in the four markets. The Steve Harvey Show will move up an hour and air at 2 p.m.
Many observers had expected the NBC O&Os to pick up a new talk show featuring Harry Connick Jr. from NBC’s syndication wing to replace the failing Meredith, but Fox Television Stations stepped in and nabbed it in October.
Most of the other NBC Owned Stations already have 4 p.m. newscasts, including WCAU Philadelphia, KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth, WRC Washington and KNSD San Diego. In those markets, Ellen currently airs at 3 p.m. preceded by Steve Harvey at 2.