As CBS’ 8 stations are dropping The CW, here’s a look at the newscasts they have in place of the programming:
Sacramento: Now KMAX31, their 8pm newscast, Primetime Sacramento, debuted on Friday with quite some branded stings in crossing to newsrooms or going live:
They also have some gimmicky new features, like a dedicated vox pop segment.
The coming up junction looks different than other O&Os though:
San Francisco: Now KPYX/KPIX+, the heavily-advertised KPIX+ Primetime was a much plainer affair, Using the same CBS News Bay Area branding plus a dedicated bug in the lower thirds.
Turns out the innovative stuff is on their weather side of things, as they built an entire virtual set just for the weather. In their own words:
How it worked on screen:
And how they built it:
Really over-the-top effort to make the newscast stands out - but a bit wasted using it for just the weather IMO.
New York: Rebranded as New York 55, WLNY pushed their news forward from 9 to 8pm, under the same branding as the sister WCBS.
Atlanta: WUPA/Atlanta 69 is the only station that retained the News Now brand, now moved to 8pm instead of 10, and is produced by WCBS New York than KTVT.
Miami: WBFS dropped the MyTV affiliation in 2022 and now drops News Now, but keeps the 9pm news slot with one that simulcasts online. The newscast is hosted by longtime sport correspondent Jim Berry. You can see him on this partial promo video on CBS News’ site:
Like KPIX+, the opener uses the sister WFOR/CBS News Miami branding, but notice the call letter box next to the CBS News branding was gone - a practice akin to KCNC/CBS News Colorado.
But the usual WFOR placement can still be seen in some places:
Others: KTXA is to add a 7pm news, while the main 6pm one is replaced by syndicated shows on KTVT starting September 11; WPKD/KDKA+ will launch an 8pm newscast in November.