WMAR-TV Cancels Sunday Evening Newscast

Local public affairs program replaces
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BALTIMORE: WMAR-TV, the ABC affiliate serving the No. 27 market is eliminating its Sunday evening newscast in favor of a local public affairs talker, reports the Baltimore Sun’s TV critic, David Zurawik. WMAR is canceling it’s 6:30 p.m. Sunday newscast next month and replacing it with “Square Off,” which is now aired on Sunday mornings.

WMAR General Manager Bill Hooper told Zurawik that “Square Off” was being held back in its current time period.

“We want to counter program our competition with strong local community oriented programming and ‘Square Off’ is the perfect answer,” he said. “Richard Sher has brought in a ’who’s who’ of panel guests to discuss today’s many issues. This will start on December 6th, and run until further notice.”

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August 27, 2009: “WNBC-TV Hawks its New News Model
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August 25, 2009
: “Two Stations Add News”
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July 1, 2009: “Florida Station Cuts Staff, Upgrades Newscast”
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June 19, 2009: “WHYY Dumps Local News”
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June 19, 2009: “WNBC Replaces Newscast with Fashioncast”
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April 28, 2009: “KWKT-TV Scales Back Newscast”
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April 22, 2009
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