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KCTV-5 to launch 6:30 p.m. newscast on KSMO

KCTV-5 will add a 6:30 p.m. news show starting Monday. But never fear, fans of “Inside Edition” at 6:30 — the new newscast will air on sister station KSMO, Channel 62.

The 6:30 newscast, like KCTV’s 6 p.m. news, will be anchored by Brad Stephens and Karen Fuller with Chris Suchan on weather and Michael Coleman on sports.

Channel 5 also produces a 9 p.m. newcast for KSMO.

Stephens, Fuller and Suchan can now be seen at 5, 6, 6:30, 9 and 10 p.m. weeknights. Suchan also does weather on KCTV’s 4 p.m. news show anchored by Carolyn Long.

“Access Hollywood,” which had been running at 6:30 on KSMO, can still be seen at 10 p.m. on that station.

While Channel 5 will now have the only 6:30 news, Fox 4 continues to offer the only 10:30 p.m. news, which premiered in April 2011.

Meanwhile, KSHB has ditched its 4 p.m. newscast in favor of a more interactive news program.

“The Now,” which launched July 14, “covers news that is trending on social media and invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms,” according to an announcement by Channel 41 owner Scripps.

“The Now” is also airing on Scripps station KMGH in Denver and will spread in coming months to six more stations.

At Channel 41, “The Now” is being hosted by Lindsay Shively, but a permanent host will be named in the next few weeks.

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