WABC-TV Newscasts
Debut: October 26, 1959
Debut: October 26, 1959

WABC-TV in New York presently broadcasts 43 hours and 55 minutes of locally produced newscasts each week. On October 26, 1959, the station launched Report to New York, as the first regular news program, with Scott Vincent w/news, Howard Cosell w/sports, and Lynn Dollar w/weather. The program airs Monday through Friday at 11 p.m. By October 1961, the program was expanded with a 15-minute early edition at 6:15 p.m. on weeknights, and on Saturday and Sunday evenings. On October 22, 1966, the station expanded its weeknight program to 45 minutes, and retitled it: The Big News. In early 1968, the news program was retitled as: "Roger Grimsby and the Noisemakers", but the format didn't help the ratings, which plunged to an all-time low. In late 1968, newly hired news director at WABC-TV, Al Primo came with an idea and adopted the format entitled: "Eyewitness News", which was debut on November 17. Then a year later, the station had shot to first place for the first time in its history, displacing longtime leader: WCBS-TV. On November 30, 1981, WABC-TV become only the second in the city to expand its late afternoon/early evening newscasts by adding a 5 p.m. weekday newscast. In the late 1980s, WABC-TV added a weekday morning newscast. In the 1990s & 2000s, WABC-TV's news department was still held onto first place. On December 2, 2006, WABC-TV became the second station in the New York City market to broadcast local newscasts in high definition. On September 4, 2010, the station added an hour-long extension of its Saturday morning newscast from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 3 days later, on September 7, 2010, WABC-TV expanded its weekday morning newscasts, moving its start time to 4:30 a.m. On May 26, 2011, WABC-TV added another hour by launching a 4 p.m. weekdsy newscast. In January 2012, the station expanded its 11 p.m. weekend newscasts to an hour. On September 8, 2014, the station expanded its noon weekday newscasts to an hour.

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