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KXLY plans a double helping of local news

August 15, 1980

The Spokesman-Review

Spokane television station KXLY (Channel 4) will introduce doubled local news coverage Monday with the inauguration of two half-hour evening news shows.

The TV station, which runs third in local TV ratings behind KREM (Channel 2) and KHQ (Channel 6), has decided to offer half-hour segments starring at 5 and 6 p.m., said Ron Simmons, KXLY operations manager.

The two segments will replace the station’s present half-hour 5:30 p.m. local news program. KXLY will offer ABC national network news a half-hour earlier – at 5:30 instead of 6 p.m.

KXLY is the first Spokane TV station to provide hour-long local evening news, according to Simmons and news directors at KREM and KHQ.

KXLY is owned by the Evening Telegram Co., of Fargo, N.D., which also operates TV stations in Yakima, the Tri-Cities and Fargo.

The plan will allow the station to cover local news in more depth, he said. The station expects to add an additional two reporters to its present news staff of 15, Simmons said.

Each half-hour segment will present about 22 minutes of news, weather and sports. Although some stories will be on both shows, “one may cover it a little differently or with more elaboration than the other,” he said.

Simmons also noted that portions of the later broadcast may include some national or regional news not covered by the evening network news.

The 5 p.m. show will be co-anchored by Ed Howard and Terry Douglas. The 6 p.m. new program will be anchored by KXLY news director Peter Lundquist.

Friday, August 15, 1980

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