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WKYC Studios expands early evening news programming to 4 p.m. starting September 12

Our new programming features the addition of a brand-new, hour-long newscast “What’s Now” at 5 p.m. as “What’s New” moves up one hour earlier to 4 p.m.

CLEVELAND — A new hour of news is coming to WKYC!

Starting today -- Monday, September 12 -- we expand our afternoon lineup of news programming, highlighted by the addition of a brand-new, hour-long newscast “What’s Now” at 5 p.m. as “What’s New” moves up one hour earlier, beginning at 4 p.m. 

“What’s New,” hosted by Jay Crawford and Betsy Kling, will continue to feature popular segments such as Clicking in Cleveland, Pop Break and features with Mike Polk Jr. among others, “What’s New” is a fun and fast-paced program that informs viewers about the latest happenings in and around Northeast Ohio.  

Anchored by Christi Paul and Carmen Blackwell, “What’s Now” at 5 p.m. will expand on the day’s top stories and feature unique content including live reports from across the region that informs, enlightens and inspires. Betsy Kling and Jay Crawford will join Christi and Carmen for the first half hour of “What’s Now,” offering everything from the day’s top health headlines to consumer tips on saving money. 

At 5:30 pm, Russ Mitchell and Laura Caso will team up with Christi and Carmen for the latest on developing stories in addition to deep dives on topical issues impacting Northeast Ohio and beyond.  And rounding out the early evening news block will be 3News at 6, anchored by Russ Mitchell and Laura Caso. 3News at 6 is Northeast Ohio’s top-rated 6 p.m. newscast and serves as WKYC’s newscast of record for the day, profiling the day’s top stories from across the region. 

All three newscasts will include forecasts from the 3News weather team as well as relevant sports coverage from Jim Donovan. 

“Whether it’s Betsy and Jay sharing “What’s New” at 4 p.m., Christi and Carmen giving viewers an update on what’s happening at 5 p.m., or Russ and Laura reporting the top breaking stories at 6 p.m., all of our broadcasts are focused on delivering content that our viewers tell us matters most to them,” said Director of Content Adam Miller. 

As a result of this increased news offering, “Dr. Phil” will slide back to 3 p.m. weekdays and be preceded by “Daily Blast Live.” A new national news program anchored by NBC News’ team of award-winning journalists will air at 1 p.m.. “NBC News Daily” will also include local coverage from WKYC’s Stephanie Haney in addition to LIVE weather hits with WKYC’s Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling.

“By adding this extra hour of programming, we look forward to expanding on our talented team’s passion for unique storytelling and impactful journalism on a daily basis.” WKYC President and General Manager Micki Byrnes added, “We are looking forward to expanding our news offerings to the Northeast Ohio region and the communities we serve. With no shortage of news or issues to explore, we are prepared to continue shining a light on the people, voices and stories that matter most to our multi-platform audience.”

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