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WMTW to drop 5 and 5:30 newscasts

WMTW-TV is dropping their 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM newscasts and replacing them
with Dr. Phil.  WMTW is also adding an hour long newscast at 6:00 AM and
Noon newscast.  WMTW has for years been a distant third in the ratings in
the Portland market.

I think these moves make great sense from a business and programming stand
point.  There is no need for three newscasts at 5 and I'm sure WMTW's lack
of local news in the morning has had a major negative effect on the
station's morning ratings.  WMTW claims that mornings is one of the only
time periods where the number of TV viewers is actually increasing.

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-- Dan Billings, Bowdoinham, Maine