I posted last Friday that KSAT 12 in San Antonio is doing just that.
So what about KHOU 11 in Houston? If the station has made a programming announcement for the 4pm hour, I have not heard about it yet.
My bet...news. Here is why I think that and part of it has something to do with another Houston station actually.
I heard over the weekend that KTRK 13 has posted billboard around town featuring its 4pm news anchors. I do not remember a time where the channel 13 4pm newscast has ever been advertised that prominently.
This leads me to believe KTRK 13 has made a preemptive strike against KHOU 11 (if a 4pm show is in its future). KTRK probably figures if viewers think 4pm news, it will come into their minds first.
Next, KHOU 11 has posted a lot of jobs recently:
News: Executive Producer
News: Assignment Desk Editor
News: Video Editor
It would make sense that the news department would want to add some new depth to its roster before launching a new full hour of news.
But, then there is a post I linked from Uncle Barky yesterday that says WFAA 8, KHOU's Belo sister station in Dallas, is not starting a new newscast to replace Oprah. Does that mean KHOU will follow the same plan?
Guess we will find out soon enough.