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KGO-TV to launch 9 p.m. news on TV20

Three months after KRON 4 dropped its “Nine O’Clock News,” KGO-TV plans to fill the void with an hour newscast in that time slot that will be shown on KBWB-TV Channel 20 starting Jan. 8. Dan Ashley, who co-anchors KGO’s 11 p.m. news, will solo anchor the new 9 p.m. hour. He will be accompanied by Sandhya Patel with weather and Larry Beil on sports. The newscast will also include contributions from 7 On Your Side, the I-Team and Dr. Dean Edell.

This isn’t the first primetime newscast TV20 has tried. A few years ago, KNTV Channel 11, then an ABC affiliate focused on the San Jose market, produced a 10 p.m. news for Channel 20 anchored by Cheryl Hurd and Lisa Kim. At the time, both stations were owned by Granite Broadcasting, which later sold Channel 11 to NBC. The 10 p.m. news on Channel 20 didn’t have much of a chance competing against Channel 2’s long-established “10 O’Clock News.”

“We are excited at the opportunity to provide a local newscast to Bay Area viewers in primetime where there has been a demonstrated appetite for news,” said KBWB TV 20 president and GM Bob Anderson in a statement. “And we couldn’t be happier to be working with ABC7’s outstanding news organization to make it happen.”

“The launch of ABC7 News at 9 on Your TV20, furthers our goal of providing Bay Area viewers multiple, convenient options for getting their news, weather, and sports.” said KGO-TV president and GM Valari Staab in the same statement.

“All of the resources of ABC7 News will be tapped to produce this new newscast.” said News Director Kevin Keeshan. “We are excited to have this new venue to continue to tell the Bay Area stories that need to be told.”

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