WJCL News is again expanding its commitment to local news viewers with local news broadcasts now beginning an hour earlier each weekday. The expansion to the 5pm hour marks the fourth news expansion this year by WJCL News. In January “Good Morning Savannah” expanded its start time a half hour earlier to 4:30am on WJCL abc. Next WJCL News expanded into the early evenings on weekends with a 6pm show on Saturdays and Sundays on WJCL ABC. Just two weeks ago WJCL News expanded yet again on sister station FOX 28 with Good Day Savannah, which airs weekday mornings from 7am – 8am.
These expansions may seem aggressive, but according to President/GM Les Vann, they are necessary in these competitive times, “After relaunching and rebranding ourselves last fall, we thought that this spring was a critical moment to expand our commitment to this community and provide our viewers another option for local news. We’ve been diligently working on fulfilling our advocacy brand and want to include more stories that affect our friends and neighbors in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.”
WJCL News at 5 and 5:30 will be co-anchored by Kevin Holmes and Jenifer Andrews and will provide more of the day’s top stories, breaking news and advocacy reporting from all over the region. The newscast will look to dig deeper into the stories that impact the lives of those in Savannah, Hilton Head, Beaufort and the surrounding areas. Chief Stormtracker Meteorologist Jeff Kirk will track dangerous weather systems and provide up to the minute alerts to keep families safe. Frank “The Big Guy” Sulkowski will continue to provide his already award-winning local sports coverage.
“Before formatting the new broadcasts, we asked our viewers what they wanted out of that 5pm hour – then we listened,” said Julie Eisenman, WJCL News Director For more information on this expansion and its effect on programming visit wjcl.com.