K5 Announces New 6:30PM Newscast

Stephanie Lum
Stephanie Lum

HONOLULU (KHNL) - K5 The Home Team will launch a 6:30 p.m. weeknight newscast on January 7, 2008, KHNL/KFVE General Manager, John Fink, announced today.  K5 News at 6:30 will be 30-minutes long and will be anchored by current KHNL News 8/K5 News at Nine anchor Stephanie Lum.  The newscast will include weather with Chief Meteorologist Sharie Shima and sports with Sports Director Jason Tang.

"If you look at the streets and freeways between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., commuters are still making their way home," said KHNL/KFVE General Manager John Fink. "By giving viewers an early evening newscast in a unique time period, we can better serve their needs with our 'live, local, late-breaking' news."

"As we said when we announced KHNL News 8 at 11 a.m. (launching December 3, 2007), we continue to look for time periods to provide a news product that reflects viewer interest and schedules," added Fink. "The initial response to our 11 a.m. news announcement has been great, and we expect a similar response when we debut at 6:30 p.m. next year"

The station's news and technical staff will work quickly to jump from the close of KHNL News 8 at 6 to the start of the new K5 News at 6:30.

"With our hardworking team, we're able to work efficiently and wisely to bring our viewers a number of local newscasts that fit everyone's busy schedules.  It's a testament to the KHNL/K5 ohana as we continue to strive for excellence," said KHNL/KFVE News Director Dan Dennison.

"Media today is all about change," said Fink, "and we know that adapting, refining, and simply listening to what the marketplace wants is the formula to survival and success.  KHNL and K5 will continue to do just that. Viewers want what they want when they want it, and we are trying to accommodate more people by providing a local newscast weeknights at 6:30pm."