Atlanta Station Adding and Dropping Newscasts

WXIA in Atlanta is adding one newscast and taking away another.

The station announced that they are starting a 5 p.m. newscast on March 2 and are dropping their noon newscast. 

Brenda Wood will co-anchor the new 5 p.m. news with DeMarco Morgan. 

The station is also ending its noon news program and readjusting the schedule of its “pay for play” program “Atlanta and Company,” which currently runs an hour at 11 a.m. and then an additional 30 minutes at 12:30 p.m. Now, the show hosted by Christine Pullara will run continuously from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a repeat of “Jeopardy.”

11 Alive’s general manager John Deushane said fewer people are watching local news in the middle of the day so they are transferring their efforts during that time frame online.

The Gannett station currently airs six hours of local news a day on weekdays including an hour of repeats at 3 a.m. The changes will keep the number of hours the same – just different times.

H/T Atlanta Journal Constitution