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NewsChannel 5 – WLAC-AM-FM

WLAC-AM-FM was an American General/L&C-owned station that was sold to the Hobby family in 1975. They changed the station’s call letters to WTVF. In 1994, the Hobby family sold WTVF to Landmark Communications, based in Norfolk, Virginia. In September 1996, a digital subchannel, NewsChannel 5+, launched, relying mostly on original programming.

The station also produces an hour-long extension of the weekday morning newscasts at 7 p.m., and broadcasts four hours of news each Sunday. During severe weather, the station goes live with WTVF-DT2, which features local newscasts and syndicated programs. In addition, WTVF-DT2 covers high-profile criminal trials in Nashville.

WTVF also produces a weekend morning newscast at 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The station also broadcasts five hours of locally produced news each week for NewsChannel 5+. It is affiliated with CBS.

WTVF also broadcasts a half-hour program, Talk of the Town, at 11 a.m. and a half-hour sports program, Sunday Sports Central, at 10:22 p.m. Each week, WTVF produces 37 hours of local news.

As of February 2014, WTVF’s weekend morning newscast began at 5 a.m., with a live report on the Watergate scandal and interviews with Nashville politicians. The station also airs a half-hour program, “Local Crime,” on Wednesday nights. WTVF also produces five hours of news each week for NewsChannel 5+.

In addition to producing local news, WTVF produces a half-hour talk program, “Talk of the Town,” at 11 a.m. and aired a special broadcast of “Today” on two dates in 1973.

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