No Joke! Major Programming Changes Started April 1 for Local Mid-Michigan NOW
At first, local viewers thought the announcement being shared on social media and online was simply a joke. Given the timing of being April 1st, many viewers thought the major programming change announcement was an April Fools post, but unfortunately, it wasn't.
Mid-Michigan NOW, which is part of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., announced quietly and without much warning, some big programming changes that seem to predominantly affect the news sector. In the statement to its website, and shared via social media, Mid-Michigan NOW announced that Friday, March 31st was the last day for several of its newscasts.
In a breakdown of the changes, the announcement states that starting Monday, April 3rd, there will no longer be a local morning news segment airing at 5:00 a.m. Instead, the new line-up will feature NBC's Early Today broadcast from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and The National Desk from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
"The National Desk will include mid-Michigan news from our team, along with regional and national news from our Sinclair Broadcasting D.C. bureau and sister stations around the country", the statement read.
In addition, the station announced that they would be doing away with their 5:00 p.m. weeknight newscasts and continuing on with weeknights at 6:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m. on NBC25, and 10:00 p.m. on FOX 66. Viewers will find Dateline running in the 5:00 p.m. slot Monday -Friday now. There will also no longer be weekend newscasts on the station.
Mid-Michigan NOW assured viewers that they would be continuing with providing "up-to-the-minute information online at Midmichigannow.com and on our many digital platforms", and delivering the news on-air with their new programming schedule.
Many on social media were quick to share their disappointment in the changes especially those who make Mid-Michigan NOW part of their morning routine and their weekend "catch-up".
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