Earlier today we reported what fans can expect to see during the upcoming season of “Tamron Hall,” but now comes word that the ABC Owned Television stations in New York (WABC), Philadelphia (WPVI) and Raleigh-Durham (WTVD) will be moving the daytime talk show out of its longtime 10:00 a.m. time slot, effective Monday, September 11, in place of all-new local newscasts, despite record-breaking season four ratings.
“Tamron Hall” will instead be moved to the afternoon, taking over the 2:00 p.m. time slot in those markets, aligning her with the other ABC Owned Television Stations’ afternoon programming.
“Tamron has had an exceptional year, and I know this move will grow her incredibly passionate Tam Fam even more,” said Chad Matthews, president, ABC Owned Television Stations. “And the addition of local news programming at 10 a.m. – led by these extraordinary teams – will allow us to dig even deeper into the topics and events that showcase our local communities and the issues most impacting them, as well as extend and expand upon breaking news and topics being discussed on ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘Live with Kelly and Mark.’”
At ABC7/WABC-TV New York, co-anchors Shirleen Allicot and Mike Marza – who has just been promoted from “Eyewitness News Weekends” – will take on the additional 10:00 a.m. time slot. Sam Champion and meteorologist Dani Beckstrom will also join the 10:00 a.m. hour. Meteorologist Brittany Bell – also being promoted from weekends to weekday mornings – will join Champion weekday mornings for the 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. broadcasts.
Meanwhile, 6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia’s news anchors Alicia Vitarelli, Alyana Gomez and Nydia Han will host “Action News at 10 a.m.,” with meteorologist Karen Rogers expanding her duties and joining the team with the AccuWeather forecast.
Lastly, ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham’s “Eyewitness News” morning newscast will be led by co-anchors John Clark and Barbara Gibbs. They will be joined by meteorologist Kweilyn Murphy.
Overall, the eight owned ABC television stations are multiplatform local news and information leaders. Collectively No. 1 across all U.S. television, reaching 23% of households and more than 34 million Total Viewers and 62 million digital visitors a month, with a record of 2.2 billion minutes streamed, the eight stations are comprised of WABC-TV New York, KABC-TV Los Angeles, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and KFSN-TV Fresno. WABC-New York, in particular, has remained the No. 1 station in the country for 19 years.
“Tamron Hall” launches Season 5 on Tuesday, September 5.