News Central is an American series of primetime newscast television programs on television stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. The programs mixed locally produced news with nationally produced news and an opinion segment from Sinclair's Hunt Valley, Maryland studios, along with weather segments customized for each market also originating from Hunt Valley. News Central was broadcast between October 2002 and March 2006.
|Directed by||Joe DeFeo|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location(s)||Hunt Valley, Maryland|
|Production company(s)||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Original release||October 28, 2002 –|
March 31, 2006
News Central was launched on October 28, 2002 with WSMH's News At Ten. The format was original announced to be rolled out to Sinclair stations currently not offering news. But after a successful beta run at WSMH, Sinclair announced that three stations with newscasts would be next in converting to the format during the first quarter of 2003. By April 2003, News Central was planning to launch its own Washington bureau. By December 2003, 12 Sinclair stations were using the News Central format.
News Central ended all newscasts effective March 31, 2006; after that date, its stations either returned to a more traditional in-house newscast format, outsourced their newscast to a larger station in the market, or cancelled their newscasts entirely. Others, like WSMH, teamed up with non-affiliate stations in their market to either simulcast other stations' newscasts or jointly produce a news program. WYZZ and WUHF went into LMAs with other stations in their markets.
The local station news operation provided the first ten minutes of news. Then national News Central operation produced 12 minutes of international and national news of the total newscast, along with customized local weather forecasts produced from the national operation, and with other content such as stories prepared by the publicity departments of that station's network as a video news release (for instance, WVTV would carry a feature on Gilmore Girls or One Tree Hill produced by The WB as a tie-in to that evening's episodes). The national operation also provided nightly The Point commentary by Mark E. Hyman, Sinclair's Vice President of Corporate Relations. CNN footage and AccuWeather data was used by News Central.
- WSMH, Flint, Michigan (October 28, 2002-)
- KOKH, Oklahoma City (Q1 2003-)
- WLFL, Raleigh, North Carolina (Q1 2003- March 31, 2006)
- WUHF, Rochester, New York (Q1 2003- March 31, 2006)
- WPGH, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2003-2006 )
- WVTV, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (August 2003-March 31, 2006)
- WNYO Buffalo, New York (August 16, 2004 – March 31, 2006)
- WTTA, Tampa, Florida (-March 31, 2006)
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