Alan Jones anchors Fox 39 News starting March 6

WQRF TV-Fox 39, with broadcast partner WTVO TV-Channel 17, will extend its reach into the stateline community by launching the “Fox 39, News at Nine with Alan Jones,” beginning at 9 p.m., Monday, March 6.

This 35-minute, Monday through Friday newscast joins the WB on cable channel 14—run by WREX TV-Channel 13—as the only channels to offer news at 9 p.m.

Alan Jones, currently weekend anchor for WTVO, moves over to the WQRF desk. He previously served as anchor of the WIFR TV-Channel 23 evening news for 15 years.

“This is huge,” said Marshall Porter, general manager of WQRF. “The viewers have asked, and we have responded. We are thrilled to provide our viewers with this earlier newscast. We recognize a lot of people are ‘early to bed, early to rise,’ and aren’t able to watch news at 10 p.m. Now, they don’t have to wait. We’ll provide all the local news, weather and sports of the day, an hour earlier.”

WQRF News Director Mike Wright added: “We’ve already received great response about doing a primetime newscast. We obviously have a person with a vast knowledge of the market, and a journalist with a lot of integrity. Local favorite, Alan Jones, is the right person to kick off this 9 p.m. news program.”

“Fox 39, News at Nine,” in concert with their broadcast partner, WTVO, will provide more than 3.5 hours a day in local news coverage. Viewers have the opportunity to wake up each weekday morning with Daybreak from 5:30 to 7 a.m.; get their early evening news at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.; and get their late news at 10 p.m., all on WTVO TV; and now a primetime newscast at 9 p.m. on WQRF.

From the March 1-7, 2006, issue

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