SOUTHERN TIER, N.Y. -- News coverage at Binghamton's ABC and NBC affiliates is cutting staff and combining operations with the NBC station in Elmira.
A total of 11 full-time positions will be cut at WIVT and WBGH, which are both owned by Newport Television. Sources tells us long-time anchor Steve Craig is among those being cut.
News will be simulcast from WETM in Elmira, with reporters still gathering stories in Binghamton
WIVT and WBGH to expand local news to Southern Tier
Binghamton, NY- WIVT the ABC affiliate and WBGH the NBC affiliate for the Binghamton New York television market announced a joint venture as of today, Friday June 5th to bring Southern Tier viewers expanded local and regional news through the combined resources of WIVT/WBGH and WETM the NBC affiliate operating in Elmira.
The newscast will be produced through the studios of WETM in Elmira with local reports from Binghamton area. Reporters will work in Binghamton daily producing stories to air in the joint newscast out of the WIVT/WBGH studios.
WETM’s local news will be simulcast on WIVT/WBGH at the following times:
Saturday and Sunday 6-6:30pm and 11-11:30pm
“Through the new technology we will be able to offer viewers an expanded news presence in more dayparts than what we currently offer for viewers in the Southern Tier,” said John Birchall, WIVT/WBGH Vice President and General Manager. “We will offer an additional hour of local and regional news a day,” Birchall added.
WIVT and WBGH will continue to be operated locally from their studios in Binghamton and continue to air the popular syndicated shows such as Judge Judy, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Plus, the two stations will continue to show the great programming from both the ABC and NBC television networks.
The combined joint venture will provide more news of the Southern Tier in Binghamton on WIVT/WBGH. There will be a reduction in staff of 11 full time employees at WIVT/WBGH as a result of the combined newsgathering effort.
Newport Television owns and/or operates stations in 22 television markets.