News Release — WPTZ/WNNE
Aug. 5, 2013
WPTZ NewsChannel 5 and WNNE NewsChannel 31 are proud to announce the launch of the region’s first weekend morning newscasts, NewsChannel 5 Weekend Today, airing Saturdays from 5 – 7 a.m. and Sundays from 6 – 8 a.m. In addition to four new hours of local weekend news, NewsChannel 5 will also provide local news cut-ins throughout the morning during NBC Weekend Today, a longtime national news mainstay. NBC Weekend Today airs on WPTZ/WNNE Saturdays from 7 – 9 a.m. and Sundays from 8 – 9 a.m.
“At WPTZ/WNNE, ‘Where the News Comes First’ is more than a slogan. It is our ongoing commitment to providing local news coverage to our viewers during times that are most important to them,” says WPTZ/WNNE President and General Manager Kyle Grimes. He adds, “The addition of these newscasts gives morning news viewers all across our area access to top stories, local breaking news and weather seven days a week – with special attention paid to weekend activities on Saturday and Sundays.”
During its inaugural newscast on Saturday, August 3, Newschannel 5 Weekend Today highlighted the Dragon Boat races on the Burlington waterfront, the largest-of-its-kind rugby tournament at Saranac Lake, updates on the federal funding of the storm damage clean-up for Vermont and New Hampshire, the sale of the Boston Globe to John Henry, plus hour-by-hour forecasts to help viewers make their weekend plans.