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Baltimore’s WBFF To Launch Weekend Morning News

Baltimore’s FOX affiliate, WBFF, plans to launch a weekend morning newscast beginning January 20, according to the Baltimore Sun.

WBFF General manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun, “”We haven’t named any talent yet.  We will start the interviewing process shortly.”

The news will air from 6 to 8 a.m. Saturdays and fits itself around the FOX News broadcast Sundays with a 7 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m. show.

In April, the station added a 5 p.m. newscast to its lineup.

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WBFF Adding Newscast to Crowded 5 p.m. Time Slot

Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF plans to add a 5 p.m. newscast to its schedule in April, entering the station into local news competition with WBAL, WJZ, and WMAR at that time slot.

The Baltimore Sun reports that WBFF’s new 5 o’clock newscast will be anchored by Jeff Barnd and Jennifer Gilbert, who currently anchor the station’s 5:30 p.m newscast.

“I’m going to change the lineup and run ‘Judge Judy’ from 4 to 5, and run the news from 5 to 5:30, and then, 5:30 to 6,” general manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun.

Baltimore’s WBFF Scales Back Sports Coverage

In a move that appears to be part of a growing national trend, Baltimore’s WBFF is scaling back sports coverage during its late newscasts.

The Sinclair-owned Fox-affiliate is going to experiment with dropping its 15-minute “Sports Unlimited” segment and offer a shortened sports report instead, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“Our research indicates that local viewers watch local sports programming less than they did 15 or 20 years ago,” WBFF general manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun‘s David Zurawik.

WBFF has regularly run “Sports Unlimited” at the end of its weeknight newscasts, from 10:45 to 11 p.m. Now the station will try offering a relatively short sports report within the body of its 10 p.m. newscast–similar to what many stations currently do.

While WBFF is far from cutting sports coverage altogether, the station’s current experiment is yet another sign of a national reevaluation of the value of local sports to a newscast. Read more