WXIX Vice President and General Manager Debbie Bush announced today the addition of two new newscasts to the station’s weekday lineup. On August 13th FOX19 NOW at 11 p.m. debuts, then on August 27th, FOX19 NOW at 4 p.m. premieres. FOX19 NOW’s Tricia Macke will anchor the new, hour-long 4 p.m. newscast. At 11 o’clock, she and 10 p.m. co-anchor Rob Williams will continue delivering the day’s top stories.
According to Bush, “With changing lifestyles, it’s clear that Tri-State viewers are looking for local news at times that are more convenient to them. We’re expanding FOX19 NOW to meet those needs. These additional newscasts will build upon FOX19 NOW’s brand of Always Local, Always NOW, keeping viewers connected with what’s happening in their communities whenever it happens.”
FOX19 NOW News Content Director, Steve Hyvonen said, “The ongoing success of our current newscasts has made this the perfect time to expand FOX19 NOW. With our continued Morning News growth and FOX19 NOW’s Number 1 Late News position, we’re confident we have the team in place and the momentum necessary to successfully expand to these new time periods.
With this news expansion, plus WXIX’s current news lineup and Rob Williams’ daily digital show “Rob Williams Anytime” (on Roku and Amazon FireTV), FOX19 NOW will offer Tri-State viewers 10 hours of local news content every weekday.
To make way for the news programming, FOX 19 NOW will be making some changes to its Fall daytime programming. A new talk show called ME TIME with Frangela (produced by Raycom Media) will air at Noon, followed by Who Wants to be a Millionaire? at 12:30. Cops will move from 2pm to 1pm, making way for a new program at 2pm -- Live PD: Police Patrol. Crime Watch Daily, which was produced by Warner Brothers, has been canceled after this season.
Judge Judy will air from 3pm to 4pm, followed by the hour-long FOX19 NOW news at 4pm. More episodes of Judge Judy will air from 5 to 6pm, followed by Jeopardy! at 6pm (moving from 1:30pm). FOX19 NOW news at 6:30, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! from 6:30 to 8pm will remain the same. With the news expansion at 11:00pm, the late-night comedies (Goldbergs, Mom, How I Met Your Mother, Friends and Kings of Queens) will be pushed back and start after the 11pm news.
Raycom Media, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation's largest privately-owned broadcasters and owns and/or provides services for 62 television stations in 42 markets and 20 states. Raycom Media owns or provides services for stations covering over 14% of U.S. television households and employs over 4,600 individuals in full and part-time positions. In addition to television stations, Raycom Media owns PureCars (digital ad platform for automotive), Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and events management and distribution company), Tupelo-Honey Productions (a NY-based production company), RTM Productions (a Franklin, TN-based automotive programming production and marketing solutions company), WebStream Sports (an Indianapolis-based, live event production company) and Broadview Media (a post-production/digital signage company based in Montgomery, AL). Raycom Media is headquartered in Montgomery, AL.