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Channel 2 WSB-TV adding 4 p.m. news program once ‘Oprah’ leaves

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Life after “Oprah” next fall, Channel 2 WSB-TV will add a 4 p.m. news program. As a result, the station will hire 20 more news employees, according to general manager Bill Hoffman.

“We’re excited about our news expansion,” Hoffman said in an interview today. “We’ve got such a strong news brand, the best thing we can do is expand.”

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” has been a dominant ratings force for more than two decades. Even though Oprah will end original episodes in May, repeats will continue through September. Hoffman said he will start taking applications now and will start the hiring process before September.

Channel 2 Action News is the No. 1 news operation in Atlanta and has been for many years.

Hoffman said the station has not decided who will anchor the 4 p.m. news.

Currently, CBS’s WGCL-TV is the only local affiliate with a 4 p.m. news program and runs three consecutive hours of news from 4 to 7 p.m., including Katie Couric’s CBS evening news program at 6:30 p.m. In the fall of 2011, Channel 2 will air three hours of local news from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by “ABC World News Tonight.”

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

66 comments Add your comment

Wayne stuck in AL

November 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

Action News: where we news you to death.

james

November 23rd, 2010
10:42 am

Great News! more time for local crime stories in SW Atlanta. LOL

Road Scholar

November 23rd, 2010
10:44 am

Good, another hour of blood and guts! Have you noticed their lead ins and stories…all violence. How about a calendAr segment which let’s Atlanta residence know when something is going to happen BEFORE it occurs? Esp things that are low cost since our economy is in the crapper.

Will

November 23rd, 2010
10:48 am

WSB may be #1 in Atlanta, but Fox 5 is #1 with me. Never watch Channel 2 news.

jo jo

November 23rd, 2010
10:52 am

WSB…where if it BLEEDS, it LEADS!!

Pryncess

November 23rd, 2010
10:53 am

I switched to CBS Atlanta a while ago because of the 4 pm news, and they always have the different news. Ch. 2 and Fox 5 have the same stuff that I have already read on AJC.com earlier. Boring!

Ugh!

November 23rd, 2010
10:53 am

Instead of hiring 20 new employees, why not run classic sitcoms that kids (and their parents) might enjoy. There are currently too many channels and absolutely nothing to watch on TV anymore. I sure as heck won’t be tuning into news at 4:00 (I don’t even watch it at 5:00, 5:30 or 6:00)! Did Channel 2 even bother to find out what the community would like – I doubt it!

"Back to you John"

November 23rd, 2010
11:02 am

So how many times can you repeat the same stories in three hours? Is this the best you can offer the people of Atlanta? More news. Then you really suck as a TV station.

CAR

November 23rd, 2010
11:03 am

Really? Seriously? We have 3 hours of news before 7AM, 1 hour at lunch, 3 more before 7PM, and then 1 hour at 11. Enough with the news. It all just repeats during those two/three hour broadcasts anyway. All it means is that I’ll be watching less and less of channel 2 each day. I’m already aggravated that they don’t air all of GMA Weekend, instead giving us more of the regurgitated news hours on Saturday and Sundays, too.

Jerome

November 23rd, 2010
11:06 am

James, there were murders in Dunwoody, Lawrenceville, and Conyers last week. Where do you live??? Tifton?

Jim

November 23rd, 2010
11:09 am

Somewhat surprised WSB didn’t go with one of the high-profile newbie chat shows being considered/already announced, such as Anderson Cooper or Mrs. Oz.

Chief Wiggum

November 23rd, 2010
11:11 am

It will surely become All News, All The Time!!! Who needs network programs? How about 24 hours of news? Actually, I think New York City has a 24-hour news channel.

jungleland

November 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

News is a moneymaker:it sells ads and is cheap to produce. I can see WSB going to all news outside of 8-11 pm on weekdays and to News/Sports on weekends.

united we stand

November 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

maybe if us people came together and helped one another we would have more of a chance of being heard. like martin luther king did. and he went down in history. my dream is to come up with a solution to make the poor not poor anymore. godbless you oprah

Dagmar's Mama

November 23rd, 2010
11:15 am

Bad news for WGCL, the bottom-feeder in Atlanta news. I suggest that the new weather girl, Martitka, buy some more push-up bras and wear even hoarier costumes. Maybe they can get Wendy Saltzman to to go underkuuuver as a stripper and ask some pimps Tough Questions.

mike

November 23rd, 2010
11:15 am

Just what we do not need is another news shore with more yankkes moving down here to work for a liberal NBC affiliate. Hope we do not get more folks like Rick Lipps who is borderline surly.

carol

November 23rd, 2010
11:23 am

What in the world are they thinking? If they want to be the 24 hr news station, let ‘em take over CNN! Three hours of local news coverage, 30 minutes to cover the nation and the world. Right.

steve

November 23rd, 2010
11:25 am

I won’t be watching. They only station that focus on the positive in the community is 11Alive (NBC). How much negative news can they repeat throughout the day???

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Ken

November 23rd, 2010
11:37 am

Like we need more local news? Who is home at 4pm? No one will DVR news, LOL!!

NA

November 23rd, 2010
11:55 am

Maybe they can have it anchored with Monica Kaufman to ease her into retirement,
then bring back Bill Hartman and Chuck Dowdle—– they can swap off and be part time sports guys ( both were better than Zack Klein)
Don Farmer resting up in Florida, he could come back and visit his son and still get out in time for early bird dinners.
The they could go way back and get Dale Clark to do some commentaries.

Jenna

November 23rd, 2010
12:05 pm

I have a new way of watching local news. I watch the first 10 minutes to see how many people have been murdered that day in Atlanta, then switch to the Weather Channel for the week’s local weather. I get all I need for the day in 10 minutes. I have absolutely no need to sit through 3 hours of Monica Pearson’s emoting.

Jenna

November 23rd, 2010
12:05 pm

By the way Rodney, if no one’s told you lately, you’re a real hottie.

Mike Hunt

November 23rd, 2010
12:05 pm

News from 4-7:30?. Cox Must be needing those local revenue $$$ bad!!! What a waste!! 11 Alive is my place for news anyway. Justin Farmer keeps looking to the left with that weird eye. Very bothersome for a newsman. I guess Daddy got him the job! Way to go Don Farmer!!!

Ash

November 23rd, 2010
12:39 pm

The only reason people watch WBSTV, was because of Oprah. If they want to maintain the follow-on audience, WBSTV will need to stop with the showing of so much blood and violence in their news programs. How about having a news segment with just good news?

Patrick

November 23rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Coming up next on Action News, we promote a story three or four times and remind you it’s coming up next, and then we we actually run the story, it is shorter and has less footage than the three or four promotions telling you the story was coming up.

Also, we comeback from break and before the music stops playing, we’re already playing the exit music to lead into the next break. If more than 10 seconds of news fits in between breaks, it means somebody was slow switching.

Mitzymy

November 23rd, 2010
12:47 pm

Dr. Oz was supposed to take over the Oprah Show when she leaves. Has that changed, or aren’t all affiliates picking him up.

U Gotta B Kidding

November 23rd, 2010
12:49 pm

Can’t be any worse than Oprah.

GB 82

November 23rd, 2010
12:56 pm

Talk about overkill. Children are already missing out on cartoons on Sat. morning because of endless news. It is all repeated throughout the day…give me a break – PLEASE (how about adding cartoons back to the Sat morning line-up?)

Jami

November 23rd, 2010
1:12 pm

WSB needs to STOP repreating stories on Headline News, and on weekends and start featuring human interest stories, that include people donating time and money to help people in our city. There is no reason why last night’’s shooting had to be aired 3 TIMES in one broadcast! Yes, violent crime is terrible and is on the rise but there is no need to keep airing the same story numerous times in one broadcast. Also would like them to start talking about all of the safety hazards posed by Atlanta and Decatur’s cracked sidewalks starting with the one at Arts Center and West Peachtree!

Jelly Sandwich Meat

November 23rd, 2010
1:12 pm

Great…..Another hour of the weather “personalities” saying dumb things like: “We are 3 inches behind NORMAL in rainfall so far this year!”

OK….There is no “normal” in rainfall, or temperatures…..It is average…..We are below the average rain fall……Practice that. You retards are disseminating spurious information. You’re college educated. You must do better.

Jelly Sandwich Meat

November 23rd, 2010
1:13 pm

Here’s a better idea. They should be off the air for that hour so kids can go outside to play, or find a book to read…..Same for the fatty parents.

Atlanta Native

November 23rd, 2010
1:15 pm

Any of you fellow geezers remember Officer Don and the Popeye Club?

Lee

November 23rd, 2010
1:18 pm

GREAT ANOTHER HOUR OF TELL IT AND REPEAT IT, REPEAT IT, REPEAT IT, THEN HEAR THE SAME THING AT 5:00

Merredith

November 23rd, 2010
1:20 pm

How about reruns of those stupid Monica Kaufman closeup specials from 4-5PM. We could then watch an hour of the camera focusing on Monica’s weird facial expressions and noodle-necking, instead of focusing on the person being interviewed. Then, 2 more hours of Miss Monica and her sassy self.

Charles

November 23rd, 2010
1:24 pm

I say let the 3 weather anchors (Karen Minton, Glen Burns, and David Chandley) have their own show at 4pm. Karen could do pacific time, David could do central time, and Glen could do eastern time. That way, Karen would be first to report on the weather 2 hours ahead of us. Wow, that would be FASCINATING!!!!!!!!!!!! Not too mention DRAMATIC!!!!!

Denise

November 23rd, 2010
1:31 pm

Bad idea…news about news. Read a book instead.

What a view !

November 23rd, 2010
1:34 pm

If that does not work, they could always rebroadcast, “The View.”

the truth hurts

November 23rd, 2010
1:34 pm

Bristol Palin will be pregnant again within a year.

Leedawg

November 23rd, 2010
1:36 pm

Local news stations take themselves waaaaaaaaaaay too seriously to begin with, but WSB is the king of that mountain. 11 does more upbeat stoies, but their weather WIZanator makes me want to gag. Local news will soon be along side the newspaper, a thing of the past.

NY1 version

November 23rd, 2010
2:12 pm

As much area the Atlanta Metro covers surprised Atlanta does not have a NY1 style of news coverage. Local, varied and celebrates life in the metro area.

RadioGaGa

November 23rd, 2010
2:23 pm

I used to be a news junkie, but the TV news shows are so bad in Atlanta that I avoid them like a plague. Another hour of crime news by WSB will assure that if I am home at that hour, and if I feel like watching TV (two big ifs), I definitely won’t be watching WSB. The few times I have watched them lately, I find myself gagging at their awful story choices, terrible writing and tortured promos. Channel 11 is badly beating them these days, IMO.

And I SO agree with Jenna on emo Monica. I am so sick of her editorially charged emotional news reading. The station will automatically improve when she retires. John Pruitt’s retirement will be a loss for Atlanta, however. The man is a pro and always has been. Maybe somewhere in that three hour block they can find a few non-crime stories for Jovita and Justin to read.

sj

November 23rd, 2010
2:26 pm

Why can’t there be sitcoms (the old ones)instead of more news? Is WSB becoming the CNN of the local news?? How much violence can we hear about – 6 and 7 times within an hour??? How about something funny for a change?? HELP!!!

Matt

November 23rd, 2010
2:36 pm

I’m SO very glad that ” the queen” Oprah will be gone !

But yes, I used to enjoy WSB – where they spend 30 minutes of telling us how bad and crime -ridden Atlanta is. Most of us know that….

But the shottings/ murders/rapes/ robberies/ deadly car crashes could take a hike for a minute !

Enough, please.

Vod Kanockers

November 23rd, 2010
2:40 pm

Reruns of The Three Stooges would be a better choice for Channel 2 at 4:00pm. Curly is so funny! Fridays could be Shemp episodes!

Jed

November 23rd, 2010
3:09 pm

Network “news” isn’t real news, ask a professional. Always one-sided, with a complete lack of journalistic integrity. JOKES

Andy in Blairsville

November 23rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Channel 2 News is where the old washed up teleprompter readers go after they are put out to pasture and this has made Ch 2 News all but irrelevant in the last 10 years…much like the AJC.

Tim in Atlanta

November 23rd, 2010
3:17 pm

When is news not news? When it’s 2’s!

CaribouRancher

November 23rd, 2010
3:30 pm

11Alive…. here I come!

FoxFan

November 23rd, 2010
3:35 pm

i’ll stick with Fox 5. old pros and the best local sports and weather in town. plus the I-team has real stories that matter.