April 28, 2003
FOX 11 and Eyewitness News 4 partner to offer Tucson viewers a 9 p.m. Newscast
Tucson, AZ --Fox 11 (KMSB-TV) will launch a full-fledged 9 p.m. weeknight newscast through a unique arrangement combining the resources of Arizona's two top-rated television news organizations: KVOA's Eyewitness News 4 in Tucson and KTVK's News Channel 3 in Phoenix.
Scheduled to launch Monday, June 16, the new Fox 11 News at Nine will have access to resources unlike any other primetime television newscast in Southern Arizona. Fox 11 will hire its own news crews, who will be housed in Tucson at Eyewitness News 4. Additionally, the new newscast will have access to the newsgathering resources of both Eyewitness News 4 and KTVK's News Channel 3 giving viewers a nightly television newscast that provides the best of both local and statewide events and issues.
The partnership also enables the resources of both Eyewitness News 4 and News Channel 3 to be shared between the two leading news stations while offering more resources to their own newscasts.
Both stations consistently rate as their market's news ratings leaders. In addition to its Phoenix newsroom, KTVK also maintains a news bureau in northern Arizona.
"Never before have so many people and resources been brought together to produce a single newscast," said KMSB vice president and general manager, Diane Frisch. "Whether news is happening in Nogales, downtown Tucson or statewide, Fox 11 offers Southern Arizona news viewers a credible and up-to-the-minute newscast starting at 9 p.m."
Gary Nielsen, president and general manager of KVOA 4, sees the partnership benefiting viewers of Eyewitness News 4. "There will be more news crews out gathering more news in more places and we will have access to show it all to our viewers."
The new Fox 11 News at Nine nightly newscast will directly follow FOX network's prime-time schedule on KMSB. The newscast will be repeated each night at 11 p.m. on KTTU-TV, UPN Channel 18.
Also this summer, Fox 11 will begin offering viewers Good Morning Arizona from 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. each weekday morning. This statewide Arizona newscast is produced and currently airs on KTVK-TV in Phoenix.
About KMSB, KTTU, & KTVK
KMSB-TV, KTTU-TV and KTVK-TV are owned and operated by Belo, one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. Belo's operations in Arizona reach 95% of homes in the state. Belo's Tucson operations include KMSB-TV (FOX), KTTU-TV (UPN), kmsb.com and kttu.com. In Phoenix, Belo operates KTVK-TV (IND), KASW-TV (WB), azfamily.com and jointly owns and operates the Arizona Newschannel (24-hour local news) and Ms! Arizona (24-hour Spanish language news). The Company also operates Belo Marketing Solutions/Arizona, offering an integrated sale and marketing organization representing all of Belo's Arizona-based operations.
About Cordillera Communications
KVOA 4 is owned by Cordillera Communications, a division of Evening Post Publishing Co., a private family-held company headquartered in Charleston, SC. Cordillera operates 11 television stations in smaller, geographically diverse markets in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana and Texas. Cordillera stations are strongly committed to community service and quality local news. Evening Post Publishing Co. also own The Post and Courier in Charleston, the South's oldest daily newspaper and nine other newspapers in South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas and in Buenos Aires, Argentina and operates subsidiaries that distribute newspaper feature material worldwide and manage Southern-pines timberland.