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CW33 dropping local 5:30 p.m. newscast (updated)

CW33 news director David Duitch confirms that the Dallas-based station will be ending its 5:30 p.m. local newscast on May 10th, substituting repeats of Family Guy.

The 5 p.m. edition, which launched on March 15th, will remain in place. CW33's 5:30 p.m. newscast arrived on Sept. 21st. All of the station's weekday local editions are anchored by Walt Maciborski and Amanda Salinas, who became the new 9 p.m. team on Feb. 16th of last year.

Monday's 5:30 p.m. newscast drew 13,573 viewers before the 9 p.m. edition weighed in with 47,504 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

***While I was briefly away in Chicago, KTCK-AM ("The Ticket") suspended co-host/producer Mike Bacsik (who mostly works with Norm Hitzges on the 9 a.m. show) for moronically tweeting "Congrats to all the dirty Mexicans in San Antonio" after the Dallas Mavericks' Sunday night loss.

Dan Bennett, vice president and market manager for the Cumulus-owned, Dallas-based station, said in a statement that Bacsik's comments "were unacceptable and offensive, and are inconsistent with the core values of KTCK and Cumulus. We have made the decision to suspend Mr. Bacsik with the hope that he will take this time to consider the insensitive and hurtful nature of his comments."

Bacsik, a former two-bit major league pitcher best known for giving up Barry Bonds' 756th career home run (which broke Hank Aaron's record), has officially apologized for what he terms his "horribly insensitive tweet." His original mea culpa, since edited, hit a trifecta of sorts by misspelling apologize, horribly and insensitive.

While weighing whether to fire Bacsik (it'd be no loss at all), management might want to re-examine the "core values" of all shows on The Ticket, particularly the afternoon drive "Hardline." Bacsik's tweet clearly is in a league of its own. But the base level humor regularly aimed at minorities and women in some ways set the table for this lout.

Update: Bacsik was fired by "The Ticket" on Tuesday.