WTVQ-TV news in Lexington on Monday launched a locally produced 10 p.m. newscast.
The newscast, airing Monday through Friday, is anchored by Belinda Post with weather forecasts from chief meteorologist Jason Myers. It is being shown on the ABC affiliate's second digital channel, MyKentuckyTV, formerly known as mytvq2.
The newscast, ABC 36 News at 10 p.m., is available over the air on channel 36-2 and through area cable TV providers (in Lexington, TWC Channel 138).
WTVQ executives described the 10 p.m. newscast as a fresh option for viewers. Fox affiliate WDKY-TV 56 already offers a 10 p.m. newscast. The Fox 56 10 O'Clock News has often ranked as one of the highest-rated 10 p.m. newscasts in the country.
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Tyler Hisel, marketing director of WTVQ, said MyKentuckyTV also would be freshening its lineup of syndicated shows, which now includes Law & Order SVU, Bones, The Mentalist and The Walking Dead. The station is not ready to announce what its lineup will be, he said.
Hisel said the introduction of the 10 p.m. newscast would give viewers a choice in their 10 p.m. news.
"We felt that we had a fresh new take that we could bring not only to that hour, but to newscasting in general in Central Kentucky," he said.
Ronna Corrente, general manager of WDKY, said in a statement that her station remained "steadfast in our commitment to providing accurate and dependable information to the people of Central Kentucky at a time that is convenient to them and in a way that will help them plan their lives."
Corrente said in her statement that the Fox affiliate's newscast had been on the air for 20 years, adding, "Our best days are yet to come."