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Houston’s KHOU Launching Newscast in Oprah’s Old 4 p.m. Time Slot

KHOU is set to debut a new newscast on August 1st in the 4 p.m. time slot long held by Oprah.

The Houston CBS-affiliate announced this week that it is adding a half-hour newscast at 4 p.m., which will be followed by “Jeopardy” at 4:30. KHOU has been airing repeats of “Oprah” in the 4 p.m. time slot since the daytime queen’s departure in May.

“KHOU 11 News at 4 gives us a chance to bring viewers the big news of the day, while the stories are still developing,” said Philip Bruce, KHOU’s executive news director. “It’ll be immediate, fast-paced and plugged-in to what’s happening at the moment.”

The 4 p.m. newscast will be anchored by Len Cannon, who will continue co-anchoring the station’s 6 p.m. newscast.

KHOU’s announcement means that stations in six of the top 10 markets have now replaced “Oprah” with local news (New York’s WABC, Chicago’s WLS, Philadelphia’s WPVI, San Francisco’s KGO, and Atlanta’s WSB have all launched local shows in Oprah’s wake).

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