UPN block delays KCOP news to 7:30

Chris-Craft-owned UPN affiliate KCOP-TV plans to dump its successful 3:30 p.m. weekday newscast and add the Los Angeles market’s first 7:30 p.m. nightly news broadcast this fall, according to sources.

The station is being forced to unload the 3:30 by Chris-Craft edict, since all of that company’s owned stations will carry a new teen-oriented series block in September that clashes with an afternoon news show. The broadcast’s sole anchor, Ann Shatilla, will reportedly be asked to remain with KCOP’s news operation in a non-anchor capacity.

With May sweeps nearly over, KCOP’s 3:30 news has been more than holding its own in the ratings, pulling down a 2.9 rating/7 share through last week.

Meanwhile, the 7:30 news would follow the offnet debut of “Frasier” during the prime access hour this fall. It’s expected that Tawny Little (who also co-anchors at 10 p.m.) will anchor at 7:30 along with new hire Alan Frio.

No one at KCOP was willing to comment on the changes Monday.

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