On February 8th, Indiana’s NewsCenter (“INC”) is expanding its live 5:00 pm newscast on WPTA-TV (ABC) “21Alive” Ft. Wayne to a full hour. Weeknights 5-6 pm Melissa Long will anchor the day’s latest local news with Meteorologist Curtis Smith.
INC’s expanded news coverage will be followed by its live 6:00 pm newscast on 21Alive and WISE-TV (NBC) “NBC33” providing viewers with a one and a half hour block of live local news. As a result of the live expanded newscast at 5:00 p.m., “Entertainment Tonight” will be broadcast at 7:00 pm weeknights on 21Alive.
“Expanding our strong 5:00 p.m. news programming to deliver live news for a full hour is natural for our viewers and advertisers. We’ve led the market for years in live programming and this provides yet another opportunity for viewers to receive the live local news they value,” said President and General Manager Jerry Giesler.
“We pride ourselves in getting news to viewers no matter when and where they are,” added INC News Director Peter Neumann.
WISE-TV is owned by Granite Broadcasting Corporation. Malara Broadcasting owns WPTA, which is serviced by Granite.