KSDK Will Quit Producing KDNL Newscast


It looks like Gannett's KSDK is done helping out the station across the street. 

KSDK says that this year will be the last that they produce a  newscast for KDNL Channel  the ABC affiliate in St. Louis.

KSDK began producing newscasts for KDNL in January 2011. Under the deal, KSDK controls decisions on hiring and news content for KDNL's newscasts.

KDNL, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, cut its newscasts in October 2001. 

Tom Tipton, KDNL's General Manager, said it's undetermined whether KDNL will offer local news after the end of the year. "We haven't decided," Tipton said. "We won't make a decision anytime soon, probably the third or fourth quarter."

A Gannett spokesman said the decision to end the partnership is unrelated to Gannett's announcement last week that it is acquiring Belo Corp. of Dallas, which owns KMOV Channel 4 in St. Louis.  

H/T St. Louis Post Dispatch