Beginning Monday, October 14, NewsChannel 21 First at Ten on Fox goes to a full hour. The extra 30 minutes will provide viewers with more local, regional and national news, along with new feature segments, an expanded "Local Alert" weather forecast, and expanded sports coverage.
"A full hour at 10 p.m. gives us a real opportunity to fulfill a need we've seen for some time," said News Director Lee Anderson. "The audience at 10 p.m. is a dedicated ‘news' audience, and they've asked for more...we've listened, and we're excited."
"Viewer feedback has been tremendous for years, but occasionally we receive requests for coverage of events which a half-hour newscast makes challenging. Now that we've added more reporters and producers in our newsroom, we're positioned to provide that additional coverage," said General Manager Bob Singer.
With the additional half-hour at 10 p.m., NewsChannel 21 will now produce five hours of live local news daily, four hours on KTVZ and one hour on KFXO. In addition, a convenient, re-broadcast of NewsChannel 21 News at Sunrise airs on KFXO from 7-9am Monday through Friday.
About NewsChannel 21 and KFXO: KFXO is one of four 4 broadcast stations owned by NPG of Oregon. The four stations are KTVZ (NBC), KFXO (FOX), NTVZ (CW) and KQRE (Telemundo). NPG of Oregon is a division of News-Press & Gazette.
Headquartered today in St. Joseph, Missouri, the company has been owned and operated since the 1950s by the Bradley family, now in its fourth generation. Still going strong in the newspaper business, the NPG family now includes broadcast operations, spanning several states, and commercial printing.