WISN-TV trims 10 p.m. news, adds news­cast

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WISN-TV (Chan­nel 12) is cut­ting its 10 p.m. news­cast back to 35 min­utes start­ing Mon­day.

The Mil­wau­kee ABC af­fil­i­ate’s 10 p.m. news­cast has been a full hour since 2011.

The move al­lows WISN to start “Jimmy Kim­mel Live!” and “Night­line” a half-hour ear­lier, at 10:35 p.m. and 11:37 p.m., re­spec­tively.

Be­lieve it or not, it’ll be the first time that WISN has aired ABC’s late-night pro­gram­ming without de­lay since the net­work be­gan broad­cast­ing “Night­line” dur­ing the Iran hostage cri­sis in March 1980.

While WISN is cut­ting back its nightly news­cast, the sta­tion, owned by Hearst Tele­vi­sion, is adding a new 9 p.m. lo­cal news­cast on its sis­ter sta­tion, Jus­tice Mil­wau­kee on Chan­nel 12.2.

Start­ing this spring, Chan­nel 12.2 will air “WISN 12 News at 9:00 p.m.”

In a state­ment, WISN pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Jan Wade said the new half-hour news­cast on the dig­i­tal sub­chan­nel (avail­able on Spec­trum cable at Chan­nel 985 and Char­ter at Chan­nel 180) will “pro­vide news to a new au­di­ence at an ear­lier hour.”

WISN’s Chan­nel 12.2 will be the third sta­tion to air a 9 p.m. news­cast in Mil­wau­kee.

The 9 p.m. news on WITI-TV (Chan­nel 6) has one of the mar­ket’s high­es­trated news­casts — only WISN’s 5 and 6 p.m. news­casts had higher rat­ings among over­all view­ers in Novem­ber’s “sweeps” rat­ings pe­riod.

And WDJT-TV (Chan­nel 58) has been air­ing a one-hour news­cast at 9 p.m. on sis­ter sta­tion WMLW since 2008.

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