Channel 12 announced this afternoon that it's expanding its 10 p.m. newscast to an hour starting Monday, Jan. 24.
The ABC station, which won the 10 p.m. ratings race in the November sweeps, already does an hour at 10 on Sunday nights.
"Nightline" will follow at 11 p.m. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs at 11:30, followed at 12:30 by "Access Hollywood."
The anchor lineup stays the same, but expect more weather coverage, with the station quoting a survey showing its target demographic, adults 25-54, look at local TV as a more important source of weather information than cable or network news.
Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for OnMilwaukee.com. He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.
A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.
In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at OnMilwaukee.com.
When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.