After two years, My9/WWOR is returning to its longstanding 10 p.m. news slot, The Ten O’Clock News beginning June 27. WWOR had moved its evening newscast to 11 p.m. and sliced it to 30 minutes.
Now the veteran news team consisting of anchors Harry Martin and Brenda Blackmon, meteorologist Audrey Puente, and Russ Salzberg on sports get the earlier start. The broadcast remains at 30 minutes, half the length of the original Channel 9 10 p.m. newscast.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Martin tells FishbowlNY. “Lew Leone, our general manger, said there’s an audience that really wants to watch us at that time.”
Martin’s duties with sister station Fox 5/WNYW stay intact. He reports directly from Fox 5 on the News at 5 with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander, and solo anchors the News at 6.
Martin, a regular contributor on Fox 5 at 10 (from the WWOR studios), might see that face time altered–or will he?
“We were kidding around [with producers] the other night. I said, ‘Well, I’ll be available at 10:30 p.m.”
However, all jokes aside, Martin says pretaping pieces for Fox 5 at 10 p.m. is certainly a possibility.
“We are in the same family,” Martin says. “There will be vying for the same kind of audience. I think it’s going to be a great synergy.”