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Fox 21 to add 6 p.m. newscast

You'll soon see more of Fox 21 News. The three-year-old news operation at KQDS-TV, Channel 21 (Channel 11 on cable), will add a 6 p.m. newscast Monday through Friday, beginning June 28. "We have been in the talks to get this going for quite some ...

You'll soon see more of Fox 21 News.

The three-year-old news operation at KQDS-TV, Channel 21 (Channel 11 on cable), will add a 6 p.m. newscast Monday through Friday, beginning June 28.

"We have been in the talks to get this going for quite some time," said News Director Jason Vincent. "The date has been a moving target. We got it nailed down now where we're ready to go."

The station has been the fastest growing in the Twin Ports in terms of newscasts and viewers, according to Vincent. The station's news operation was first launched in March 2007 with 9 p.m. newscasts airing Monday through Friday. Eventually 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday newscasts were added.

The station has more news than it can fit into one daily 9 p.m. newscast, Vincent said.

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The addition of a 6 p.m. newscast will bring the station head-to head with more established news programming from KBJR-TV Channel 6, and WDIO-TV, Channel 10.

The 9 p.m. anchor team will also lead the 6 p.m. newscast: Nick LaFave and Beth Jett with Chris Snider on weather and Chris Nettleton on sports.

Vincent said the station has no plans to add more staff, but the two newscasts will not be the same.

"Six will have a different feel, with a live newsroom shot, a live reporter and a different range of stories," Vincent said. "There still will be local news, but maybe more national news and some health news. It will have a few different elements."

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