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Tampa Bay area's WTSP-Ch. 10 will launch a 5:30 p.m. newscast

CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10 will match its local competitors' newscast schedules this summer, launching a 5:30 p.m. newscast to bump Inside Edition, stating June 7. The show, led by anchors Reginald Roundtree and Heather Van Nest, also will feature meteorologist Tammie Souza. Inside Edition will move to 4:30 p.m. behind Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The move is the last step in a long road back from 2003 when WTSP aired Dr. Phil at 5 p.m. to impressive ratings. But in recent years, Phil McGraw's star has dimmed. A year ago, WTSP moved Dr. Phil to 7 p.m. and Inside Edition to 5:30 p.m., airing newscasts at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The combination hasn't set the dial on fire just yet, with WTSP scoring last or nearly last among viewers 25 to 54 at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. over February and November 2009 sweeps periods. This change puts local newscasts on WTSP from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. like the other big local broadcasters. Eric Deggans, Times TV/Media Critic

Tampa Bay area's WTSP-Ch. 10 will launch a 5:30 p.m. newscast 05/26/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 7:04pm]
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