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Fox TV Stations Ramp Up News Coverage B&C

The Fox Television Stations group is making a major investment in expanding coverage of local news on a number of stations, B&C reports.

The initiative includes 12 hours of coverage weekly on WJZY in Charlotte along with new programming for WTTG in Washington, which is adding three hours of weekend news starting July 12 and which launched a 10 a.m. news hour June 16, the story reports.

Said Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox TV Stations: “Uninformed critics say big companies are cutting local news. However, the opposite is true at Fox. We are expanding in a big way.”

B&C adds: "KTTV Los Angeles expands its noon news show to an hour on June 30, WAGA Atlanta has slotted 30 minutes on Saturday mornings starting July 5 and WHBQ Memphis kicks off a two-hour Sunday morning program July 6. KMSP Minneapolis debuts Sunday 10-11 a.m. and 10:30-11 p.m. newscasts July 13, and a 6 p.m. news product September 6."

On tap at WJZY -- which Fox acquired in 2013 -- are a Monday-Sunday 6-7 p.m. news report, launching in July; a 4:30-9 a.m. program, rolling out in August; and 5-8 a.m. and 5-9 a.m. programs on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, beginning in August.

"KTBC Austin debuts a half-hour at 10 p.m. in August, while WTXF Philadelphia launches 8 a.m. weekend newscasts September 6," the B&C report adds.