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Local news expansion at CBS11 will send Inside Edition to TXA21


Inside Edition's Deborah Norville during stop in D-FW. Photo: Ed Bark

An official announcement is coming soon, but CBS11 management has confirmed a late afternoon programming shift that will send Inside Edition to sister station TXA21 to make room for an expanded 4 p.m. local news hour.

The changes are planned for early 2010, with Inside Edition moving from 4:30 p.m. weekdays to 9:30 p.m. on TXA21. Dr. Phil repeats, currently slotted at 9 p.m. on TXA21, will move to mid-mornings on that station.

A one-hour 4 p.m. newscast on CBS11 will give D-FW two of them. NBC5's First At Four has been in place for several years as a lead-in to the station's 5 p.m. newscasts.

WFAA8 for now will be staying with The Oprah Winfrey Show at 4 p.m. until her announced exit in September 2011. Fox4 has a double dose of Judge Judy from 4 to 5 p.m.

Interesting pairing -- WFAA8 weathercaster Pete Delkus has been helming live updates from Santa's Helpers toy drop-off points in various North Texas locales. On Monday night, a live Delkus cut-in during the syndicated Entertainment Tonight was immediately followed by a foundation repair commercial from former WFAA8 forecaster Troy Dungan, whom Delkus succeeded.

Dungan, who had been synonymous with the Santa's Helpers drive for more than 30 years, is not a part of this year's effort. His version of events is here. WFAA8 management has declined to comment. But the station certainly offered a reminder of Christmases past by popping Dungan into the picture Monday night within a split-second of Delkus' solicitations.

Although no longer part of WFAA8's picture, Dungan says he still tapes his foundation repair commercials at the station's studios.