Channel 9 Eyewitness News to launch 4 p.m. newscast

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Channel 9 Eyewitness News, Central Florida’s News Leader, announced that Eyewitness News is adding a half hour newscast at 4 p.m., followed by the hit show Family Feud, starting June 10th, 2013.

Bob Opsahl and Martie Salt will once again team up to deliver the day’s top stories, and Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry will give viewers the latest forecast. Fans of Dr. Oz will be able to watch his show at 3 p.m., and Steve Harvey will replace Jeff Probst at 9 a.m.

Shawn Bartelt, vice president and general manager, along with Matt Parcell, news director for Channel 9 Eyewitness News, delivered the announcement to the station’s staff Wednesday.

“This will give us the opportunity to serve our viewers in a more comprehensive fashion,” commented Bartelt. “When there is major news, breaking news, or severe weather, our viewers will know they can have the latest and most up-to-date coverage, starting at 4 p.m. During severe weather and major breaking news we will be able to continue our coverage as necessary until the beginning of Eyewitness News at 5 p.m."

“Now viewers can get more of the news that no organization can cover like Eyewitness News,” added Parcell. “We’ll offer hard-hitting investigative reporting on the day’s major stories, in-depth analysis of the upcoming George Zimmerman trial and Tom Terry tracking storms across Central Florida.”

Channel 9 Eyewitness News attracts more viewers than any other station in the Central Florida market.