To Avoid Competition, WYTV Drops 5pm Newscast

By Andrew Gauthier 

Business Journal Daily

As the operators of WKBN/WYFX and WYTV sail through bankruptcy reorganization with a hearing set for Sept. 10 to confirm the restructuring of $400 million in debt, local management today announced it will eliminate one newscast effective Sept. 21.

WYTV’s 5 p.m. weekday newscast will be replaced with a syndicated version of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” says Dave Coy, general manager of the three TV stations. WYTV will continue to broadcast a local news program at 5:30 p.m., he notes.

Part of the rationale for the changes is that WYTV and WKBN will no longer compete for news viewers at 5 p.m., Coy notes. Instead, viewers seeking local news at 5 can watch WKBN’s program and those who look for local news at 5:30 can watch WYTV. More…

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