ABC 57 News expands to 44.5 hours a week of news coverage
June 11, 2014 - Weigel Broadcasting Co. announces that the award-winning ABC 57 News will expand its news and weather coverage of Michiana to 44.5 hours a week, offering more live, local news than any other television station in the market. The roll out begins with the launch of weekend morning news on Saturday, September 6 at 6 a.m. continuing with an expanded weekday morning newscast beginning at 4:30 a.m. on ABC 57 and continued on The CW25 at 7 a.m.
“When we launched ABC 57 News in April 2011, we began with 12 hours a week of local news,” said Jeff Guy, General Manager of ABC 57. “Since that time, we have more than doubled that number, currently delivering 27 hours a week. Now with the expansion in September, we will add 18.5 hours a week for a total of 44.5 hours a week of live news and weather coverage. No other television station in the market can compare – we will have the most live, local television news for viewers in Michiana.”
ABC 57 News has taken a unique approach to covering the news. Viewers will see the difference with stories from across the entire market, from South Bend to Elkhart and all across Michiana. There was still an opportunity to serve many more viewers with the news and weather coverage from where they live. This September, ABC 57 News takes the bold step to become the market leader in providing more local news and weather coverage for the area.
“The need to increase the scope and depth of our news coverage in Michiana was one of the most compelling reasons for us to expand,” said Aaron Ramey, ABC 57 News Director.
“Providing local news and information in combination with network programming is a key component of a strong ABC affiliate, and ABC 57’s plans for additional newscasts represent its solid commitment to the viewers in South Bend,” said Susi D’Ambra-Coplan, Vice President, Station Relations for ABC.
|4:30 - 7 a.m.||6 - 8 a.m.||6 - 8 a.m.||7 - 9 a.m.||10 - 10:30 p.m.||10 - 10:30 p.m.|
|5 - 6:30 p.m.||9 - 10 a.m.||10 - 11 a.m.||10 - 10:30 p.m.|
|11 - 11:35 p.m.||6 - 6:30 p.m.||6:30 - 7 p.m.|
|7 - 7:30 p.m.||11 - 11:30 p.m.|
|11 - 11:30 p.m.|
|*Bold text indicates expanded or new newscasts.|
The additional coverage will expand to weekday mornings at 4:30 a.m. on ABC 57, plus news on The CW25 weekday mornings from 7 – 9 a.m., Saturdays from 6 – 8 a.m. and 9 – 10 a.m., Sundays from 6 – 8 a.m. and 10 – 11 a.m. on ABC 57.
ABC 57 News won two Midwest Emmys in 2012, one for Outstanding Achievement for News Specialty Report/Series – Weather, Feature or Series and the other for Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air – Technical Achievement. The news team also won two Indiana Broadcasters Association awards in 2011, one for Feature/Best Use of Technology and the other for Best Sportscast.
ABC 57 News can be found on 57.1, AT&T U-verse 57, AT&T U-verse HD 1057, XFINITY 7, XFINITY HD 187, DirecTV HD 57 and Dish Network 57.
About Weigel Broadcasting Co.: Weigel Broadcasting Co. and affiliate companies own and operate The U/WCIU-TV 26.1, The U Too/ WCIU-TV 26.2, MeTV/WCIU-TV 26.3, Me-Too/WCIU-TV 26.4, Bounce TV/ WCIU-TV 26.5, WWME-CA 23, WMEU LP 48, Bounce TV/WWME-LD 23.2, TouchVision/WMEU-CD 48.2 in Chicago, IL; CBS/WDJT-TV 58.1, MeTV/WDJT-TV 58.2, This TV/WDJT-TV 58.3, Touchvision/WDJT-TV 58.4, MeTV/WBME-CD 41.1, WMLW-TV 49.1, Bounce TV/WMLW-TV 49.2 Movies!/WMLW-TV 49.3 Telemundo-Wisconsin/WMLW-TV 49.4, Telemundo-Wisconsin/WYTU-LD 63.1 in Milwaukee, WI; and ABC/WBND-LD 57.1, MeTV/WBND-LD 57.2, Movies! WBND-LD 58.3, CW/WCWW-TV 25.1, THIS/WCWW-TV 25.2, My Michiana/WMYS-TV 69.1, Telemundo-South Bend/WMYS-LD, 69.2, TouchVision/WMYS-LD 69.3 in South Bend, IN. Weigel Broadcasting Co. also owns The MeTV Network as well as MOVIES! Network, which is a joint venture between Fox Television Stations and Weigel Broadcasting Co.