WUTB will air D.C. newscast

August 11, 2006|By NICK MADIGAN | NICK MADIGAN,SUN REPORTER

In a nod to the tens of thousands of people who commute from Baltimore to Washington every weekday, the Fox-owned television station in Baltimore, WUTB, Channel 24, plans to begin airing on Sept. 4 two daily newscasts produced by its sister station in the nation's capital, WTTG, Channel 5.

"We'll basically provide a service to those people who consider themselves part of the Washington market but who don't have access to Washington news," said Alan Sawyer, vice president and general manager of WUTB, which does not operate a news department.

In effect, the Baltimore station will be simulcasting WTTG's hour-long 10 p.m. broadcast seven days a week and, Monday to Friday, a four-hour show that begins at 5 a.m.

An announcement issued by the stations said the move was "designed to expand on the growing relationship between Baltimore and the nation's capital."

It said the "regional simulcast" would provide reporting on the Baltimore-Washington corridor, including Annapolis and the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as well as the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland. The broadcasts will also provide regional traffic and weather.

nick.madigan@baltsun.com

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