In yet another sign that television news is becoming enamored of the pre-dawn hours, WFLD-TV in Chicago is moving its early weekday newscast back half an hour to 4:30 a.m beginning Monday., reports the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal.
The move comes as rival WLS-TV plans to do the same thing also starting on Monday, the story says.
Likewise, WGN-TV, plans to move its morning newscasts to 4:30 a.m, but will wait until Aug. 16 for the time change, the story says.
As previously reported, stations are tapping into early-rising commuters who want their news to come on as they wake up. WPIX-TV in New York, for example, is starting a 4 a.m. newscast on Sept. 20th.