Fox 59 adding afternoon newscast-WEB ONLY

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Indianapolis Fox television affiliate WXIN-TV Channel 59 today disclosed plans to expand its weekday news coverage by adding an hour-long newscast at 4 p.m. and adding a half-hour to its morning news.

The station expects to make the moves beginning Sept. 21. The expansion will add “several” on-air and off-air positions to Fox 59’s staff, the station said.

The station’s new 4 p.m. hourly newscast, called “Fox 59 News: First at Four,” will be anchored by Bob Donaldson, Cheryl Parker and Chief Meteorologist Brian Wilkes, a team that has been together at the station since 1996.

Fox 59’s morning newscast, which now runs from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., will start a half-hour earlier, at 4:30 a.m.

“This expansion continues our commitment to be the leader in news and information in Indianapolis,” said Fox 59 General Manager Jerry Martin in a prepared statement.

The station will continue to run an hour-long newscast each night at 10 p.m. and a half-hour news broadcast at 11 a.m.

Fox 59 is a newsgathering partner of IBJ.

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