KFSN (Channel 30.1) continues to expand its news coverage by producing a 10 p.m. newscast for KAIL (Channel 7.1), starting Jan. 7.
This is the biggest news move by the local ABC affiliate since the station launched a 4 p.m. newscast in September 2011 to go along with its morning, evening and late-night news broadcasts.
"Action News Live at Ten" will be anchored by Warren Armstrong and Liz Harrison and feature meteorologist Kevin Musso along with sports director Tommy Tran. The 30-minute weekday program will be produced at the KFSN studios.
No additional on-air talent will be added by KFSN, but a producer will be hired to oversee the newscast.
"We see this as a great opportunity to give the community what they want. We have many ABC30 viewers who prefer local news in prime time, and a 10 p.m. newscast on KAIL provides a wonderful opportunity to meet those desires," says Dan Adams, president and general manager of KFSN. "We are thrilled to add 'Action News' to the already great programming lineup on KAIL."
KAIL doesn't have a news staff. This is the second time another television station in the Fresno market has produced a newscast for KAIL.
From 2006-09, KSEE (Channel 24.1) provided an hour-long 10 p.m. newscast for KAIL. The joint venture ended when KSEE President/General Manager Matt Rosenfeld decided to concentrate his station's resources solely on content for the local NBC affiliate.
When the end came, the KAIL news broadcast had been struggling in the ratings -- at times not garnering enough viewers to register with the The Nielsen Co., a leading monitor of viewing trends. One factor in the low ratings was the 10 p.m. newscast having to compete against network programming and the long-established 10 p.m. newscast on KMPH (Channel 26.1).
The KFSN newscast on KAIL will face the same hurdles.
Bob Jenkins, KAIL program director, is confident that the KFSN broadcast will attract more viewers to his station because of past rating trends. He's seen KFSN generally win any time slot where they have gone head to head with another local station with a newscast. Jenkins says the larger built-in audience for KFSN should benefit the new KAIL program.
To make room for the 10 p.m. news, reruns of "The Office" will move to 10:30 p.m. with a second airing at 12:30 a.m.
KSEE (Channel 24.1) hired Carina Corral to co-anchor with Faith Sidlow on its morning show, "Sunrise News." Corral comes to the local NBC station after working the past nine years at KSBY, the NBC affiliate for the San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria/Santa Barbara market.
She will join the KSEE news team Jan. 7.
Another possible honor
Clovis East High School grad Chris Colfer and the rest of the cast of "Glee" have been nominated in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series category for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The awards show honors outstanding performances in 2012 in five film and eight prime-time television categories.
The "Glee" cast will go against some tough competition, facing the casts from "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Nurse Jackie," "Modern Family" and "The Office."
The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast at 5 p.m. Jan. 27 on the cable channels TNT and TBS from the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, firstname.lastname@example.org or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.