Fox’s KRIV in Houston Adds More Newscasts

KRIV, Fox Television’s owned-and-operated station in Houston will add two, half-hour early newscasts at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., the station announced Tuesday (June 3). When the newscasts debut Aug. 18, KRIV will air a total of six hours of local news daily, more than any other station in the market.

“This expansion is a natural next step for our station, allowing us to provide Houston viewers a full day of local news, weather and traffic,” said D’Artagnan Bebel, vp and general manager of KRIV.

The new newscasts will be co-anchored by Mike Barajas and Melinda Spaulding, joined by chief meteorologist Dr. Jim Siebert. The programs will include a segment on health, showcasing Melissa Wilson’s Healthworks franchise. A number of interactive features to tie-in with the station’s Web site (, are also planned.

KRIV is fast-establishing its news position in the market. In May, KRIV’s FOX26 Morning News (7 to 9 a.m.) was No. 1 among Adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. The station’s late newscast at 9 p.m., was No. 1 among Adults 18-34.