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Florida Station Launches 24-Hour News Channel

In CBS, Comcast, Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, HD on February 22, 2012 at 8:01 am

WINK News Now (2012 Logo)

After the digital conversion nationwide, many stations began to realize they could actually air additional channels in the same bandwidth offered by high-definition.

Some used that to air mostly self-contained affiliates that appeal to niche segments of the population.

But Ft. Myers, Fla., station WINK-TV has taken the initiative to launch a second channel.

WINK News Now 24/7 will air weather information, news updates and full newscasts that typically air on the main channel for the CBS affiliate, according to Chris Wadsworth’s News-Press blog.

In fact, they’re devoting former WINK anchor Jim McLaughlin’s job to solely anchoring the news updates that air on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. His radio duties continue, according to Wadsworth.

Viewers will be able to start seeing the new subchannel (digital channel 11.2) on Comcast cable in March.



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