WNBC is tinkering with their early evening news again. We reported back in July about the cancellation of Live at Five and its replacement by Access Hollywood and News 4 You… Well, now News 4 You is getting the axe. Instead, WNBC is doing a straight news show to replace 4 You‘s feature-oriented shindig:
“We thought there might be an appetite for a longer form, different kind of news,” Ch. 4 President Frank Comerford said yesterday of “News 4 You.” “But while I like it, it didn’t seem to be the right thing at 5:30.”
Starting Monday, Ch. 4 will air “Access Hollywood” at 4:30 p.m., followed by “Extra,” then Simmons and Gargiulo will do the news at 5:30. (“Access Hollywood” will also air at 7:30 p.m.)
The rest of the lineup remains unchanged.
The 5:30 show, which marks a return to news in the time period, will be hard news at the top and a series of rotating segments – ranging from education to technology and more – said senior vice president of news Dan Forman.
If anyone at WNBC behind the scenes is reading this… we’d love to know what prompted the change. Give us a holler.