ABC7 adds 8 pm news hour -- on Orange County channel

marc-brown-abc7-grab.jpgKABC Channel 7 will begin airing a live one-hour newscast in primetime — seven days a week at 8 p.m. — in January, the station confirmed today for TVSpy. But there's a twist. The additional Eyewitness News hour won't air on Channel 7. It will be on Anaheim-based station KDOC, the independent station at Channel 56 if you still do the over-the-air thing. KDOC will also re-air ABC 7's 11:00 p.m. news at midnight. So that's two more hours of Eyewitness News a night if you get the Orange County station (and I think cable systems here generally include KDOC, which brands itself these days as LA56.)

“As the news leader in Southern California, ABC7 Eyewitness News is glad to have an additional opportunity to provide viewers the news and weather information they need,” KABC president and general manager Arnold J. Kleiner said in a statement. KDOC echoed the flackage. "One of our goals at LA56 has always been to air a primetime newscast; and, now, we have a partnership with the number one news station in the LA market,” said KDOC president and general manager John Manzi. "We could not be more excited to work with ABC7.”

KDOC currently airs "America's Funniest Home Videos" at 8 o'clock — hey, no jokes out there.

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