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Topic: Local News
Posted on 1/1/2018
United Communications Corp.’s CBS affiliate WWNY-TV Watertown, N.Y. launched a 5 p.m. newscast titled “First at 5” in early 2018. The new broadcast will air live weekdays from 5 to 5:30 p.m.
“Our news expansion demonstrates our commitment not only to true localism, but to covering the issues most important to our viewers in all areas of Northern New York,” said WWNY-TV General Manager Ed Bassler.
“With the addition of a 5 p.m. news, 7 News will be presenting more than 27 hours of local news a week.,” said WWNY-TV News Director Scott Atkinson. “That’s a big, expensive commitment for a small TV station, but it’s one we’re proud to make.”
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More than 2.47 million American jobs depend on broadcasting, and the local broadcast radio and television industry - and the businesses that depend on it - generate $1.17 trillion annually for the nation's economy.