KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – WVLT, Knoxville’s first station to broadcast local news in HD, will expand to a full hour of news at 4pm, starting Monday September 12.
Christopher Baker, EVP/General Manager of WVLT & MyVLT, says the move reflects the station’s commitment to viewers who want more local news in a convenient and popular time period.
“We felt when we first launched our 4pm newscast; there would be great support from our community. We’ve developed quite a following for those 30 minutes and recognize a real opportunity to serve our viewers better with the addition of more local content. That’s why we believe this is the right time for VLT Local 8 News to produce a full hour starting at 4pm”.
Members of the existing news team will anchor the expanded newscast.
“Local 8 News, First at 4” will focus on the top stories that affect East Tennessee; breaking news, local weather, exclusive airborne traffic and social media segments”, says Vice President of News, Lena Sadiwskyj. “And as the sports leader, we’ll have any new developments on the Vols and local high school teams.”
The Andy Griffith Show, which currently airs at 4:30pm, moves to 7:30pm, right after Entertainment Tonight. “For people seeking entertainment programming at 7pm, WVLT is the only place to see it”, adds Baker.
WVLT VOLUNTEER TV and MyVLT are owned and operated by Gray Television, Inc, a television broadcast company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Gray Television currently operates 36 television stations serving 30 markets throughout the United States. The stations are affiliated with either CBS (17 stations), NBC (10 stations), ABC (8 stations) or FOX (1 station). In addition, Gray currently operates 39 digital second channels including 1 ABC, 4 Fox, 7 CW, 18 MyNetwork, and 2 Universal Sports Network