KIAH VP-GM Describes New, Anchor-less Newscast as ‘a Newsreel Updated for the 21st Century’

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Details about KIAH‘s new, anchor-less newscast are beginning to emerge and Roger Bare, the CW-affiliate’s vice president and general manager, is describing it as “a newsreel updated for the 21st century.”

“This is not a show that’s stacked like a traditional newscast where, OK, 15 minutes in I know I’m going to get a weather tease and then the full weather 10 minutes later with sports is at the end,”  Bare told Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune recently. “Each individual program segment will start with local news and move into national and international news with some kind of feature or commentary. … So people that come in and watch pieces of the news are going to get a flavor of what the entire newscast is.”

KIAH will offer 15-minute previews of “NewsFix” this Friday with the official debut coming on Saturday at 5 p.m.

As Rosenthal points out, the newscast sounds less like a revolution than a revival.