Starting Monday, cash strapped KRON Channel 4 will add another half hour of news every weekday. The station is going from 9-1/2 hours to 10 hours of locally produced news.
KRON's morning news, which begins at 4 a.m., will go an hour longer until 11. That's a seven-hour marathon. More time to showcase popular morning anchor Darya Folsom.
But for the first time since going independent seven years ago, KRON will not have a primetime newscast. When the station lost its NBC affiliation, it did an hour of local news at 9 that got reasonable ratings. But last September, KRON moved its local news to 8 p.m., which allowed Fox's MyNetworkTV to program the 9-11 p.m. slot.
Now it appears that five-month-long experiment of doing news at 8 p.m. is over. Beginning Monday, Dr. Phil takes over the 8 p.m. slot, which he had when KRON was doing a 9 p.m. news. After Dr. Phil, KRON will go to the network from 9-11. The 11 p.m. local news continues unchanged.
The station's early evening news line-up will increase, however. It will start at 5:30 instead of 6 and continue until 7.