Decades ago, WNBC set local news on fire when NewsCenter4 was born, ushering in New York’s first two-hour newscast. This time they are the follower, not the leader. Channel 4 will start its early evening newscast at 4.
The move is coming to four markets in May.
That means Ellen DeGeneres‘ Show gets pushed to 3 p.m. while The Steve Harvey Show moves back to 2.
There is no word on any anchor pairings for the one-hour WNBC broadcast.
Market leader Channel 7 has been the only 4 p.m. local newscast since Oprah Winfrey’s 2011 departure.
For now, WNBC does 30-minute “segments” from 5-6:30 p.m. with Chuck Scarborough and Sibila Vargas as bookends to David Ushery and Shiba Russell, anchoring at 5:30.