For years, WABI TV5 has offered the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" in their 4 PM programming slot. Ellen hit the airwaves in the fall of 2003. This past May, Ellen celebrated the airing of her final show. While WABI has been filling that slot with reruns and "Best Of" episodes of "Ellen", that will all change at the end of this month.

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According to a recent announcement on the WABI website, the station plans to add an extra hour of news content to the programming lineup.

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"WABI TV5 has announced an addition to its weekday early evening newscast schedule. WABI-TV5 News at 4 and 4:30 will air weekdays... WABI’s News Director Jon Small explained that the new program will have unique segments. The station added two-hour live local newscasts to Saturday and Sunday mornings in 2020."

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The post goes on to say that WABI veteran broadcaster Brian Sullivan will act as the primary anchor for the new news segment. Sullivan will be joined by Meteorologist Emilie Hillman for local weather updates.

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Viewers can expect the top news headlines of the day interspersed with in-studio guests and live entertainment segments in that new 4-5 PM hour position, priming them for the local news programs WABI TV5 News at 5, WABI TV5 News at 5:30, and WABI TV5 News at 6, which have traditionally run from 5 PM until 6:30 PM. After that, the CBS Evening News takes over.

The new programming will go into effect Monday, August 29th.

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