We’ve been hearing the whispers, and this week, NBC Southern California has made it official. Building on the ratings success of the station’s weekend newscasts, the Burbank-based affiliate is adding 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday installments and expanding its existing Sunday 11 p.m. report to a full hour.

The anchor team of Robert Kovacik and Kathy Vara, who currently co-anchor the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts, will also co-anchor “NBC4 News at 5PM” on the weekends. From the announcement:

“The expansion of our newscasts give us a chance to tell more stories and cover events that happen on weekends,” said vice president of news Todd Mokhtari. “The added time slots give our viewers more options for getting breaking news, local information and weather all weekend long.”

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