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WBND Expands Morning Newscasts

WBND_LogoWBND, the ABC affiliate in South Bend, is expanding its weekday and weekend morning newscasts this fall. The expansion will add more than 18 hours of news a week to WBND’s lineup.

On weekdays, the station will add newscasts from 4:30 to 5 a.m. on WBND and from 7 to 9 a.m. on sister station WCWW, the CW affiliate in South Bend. On weekends, the station will launch 6 to 8 a.m. newscasts on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday and 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday.

“When we launched ABC 57 News in April 2011, we began with 12 hours a week of local news,” general manager Jeff Guy said in a statement. “Since that time, we have more than doubled that number, currently delivering 27 hours a week. Now with the expansion in September, we will add 18.5 hours a week for a total of 45.5 hours a week of live news and weather coverage. No other television station in the market can compare – we will have the most live, local television news for viewers in Michiana.”

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Tax Break Boosts WBND’s Plans to Build News Department from Scratch

Yesterday TVSpy reported on WBND‘s efforts to build a news department from scratch in South Bend, IN, and now the ABC-affiliate has gotten a boost from local lawmakers.

The St. Joseph County Council, which represents the property on which WBND plans to construct a state-of-the-art news facility, has granted Weigel Broadcasting Co., the stations’ parent company, a significant tax break for its planned $2.25 million investment in WBND’s news facility.

The council voted unanimously to give Weigel Broadcasting a tax abatement, which will allow the company to invest even more money into developing the building that will house WBND’s news operations.

WBND general manager Jeff Guy told the South Bend Tribune that the tax break will permit Weigel to increase its investment by as much as $500,000.
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South Bend’s WBND Brings in Anchor Krista Fogelsong as the Face of Brand-New Newscast

Krista Fogelsong is leaving KNBN in Rapid City, SD to become the marquee anchor for WBND in South Bend, IN.

WBND is in the midst of building an original newscast from scratch and Fogelsong will be the face of it.  She has been with the KNBN for 2 1/2 years, where she has served as the NBC-affiliate’s main evening anchor.

WBND’s parent company, Weigel Broadcasting Co., plans to invest more than $2 million in building a news facility for the ABC-affiliate.  The station is in the process of hiring a news staff that will include over 30 people.

“It was a tough decision to make because it takes a lot of time and effort to produce a newscast from scratch,” Jeff Guy, WBND’s general manager, told the South Bend Tribune recently, “but we assessed it and decided it was worth doing.”

WBND currently produces an 11-minute 11 p.m. newscast in association with Milwaukee’s WDJT.  Fogelsong will begin anchoring this broadcast as the station prepares to launch its own newscast in the spring.

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