Tampa Bay’s Streaming News Leader Launches OTT-Only Newscasts
ABC Action News – WFTS is making the biggest, most aggressive commitment to local news coverage ever seen in the Tampa Bay area by broadcast television. Over the next few months the award-winning, local news provider will be launching 7 hours of coverage across multiple platforms every weekday.
“ABC Action News Streaming Now” is pioneering the way to serve audience needs for immediate information anytime and anywhere people want to view it. All for FREE. “ABC Action News Streaming Now” will be delivered to everyone across our streaming platforms, including;
- The FREE ABC Action News app for mobile phones/tablets
- Streaming devices like, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and Smart TVs
- Broadcast Television for portions of the day
The commitment of “ABC Action News Streaming Now” begins June 3rd with Good Morning Tampa Bay at 7 a.m. The Bay area’s first and only digital exclusive full newscast. Viewers who want more weather and traffic updates before they head out the door can just turn to their favorite streaming service. The popular morning news team of Deiah Riley, James Tully, Meteorologist Greg Dee and Traffic anchor Sarah Phinney will lead the way.
Starting July 29th, ABC Action News On All Day will cover 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the parts of the day when people need to check in to get updates. Viewers won’t need to find a TV for their midday news. It’s all streaming at their fingertips.
For ABC Action News at 3 p.m., another stream is added…broadcast TV. Anchor Lauren St. Germain and Meteorologist Shay Ryan will bring Bay area viewers’ first look at what’s happening in their neighborhoods and weather updates for the evening and next day. ABC Action News at 3 p.m. launches July 29th.
“Technology has changed viewers expectations of a news organization. They want the most up-to-date news and weather information available throughout the day on the device they choose,” said VP/General Manager Nick Nicholson. “Our commitment to provide continuous, live news coverage from 5am-6:30pm across our digital platforms and the addition of a 3pm newscast to our broadcast schedule is another example of our commitment to serve the people of Tampa Bay.”
“It’s exciting to deliver the only live, digital exclusive newscasts in the market,” said ABC Action News Director Sarah Moore. “Our team of journalists do so much great coverage of the day’s news and important investigations that no one has to miss any of it.”
All this, in addition to our current news lineup, means ABC Action News will have the whole Bay area covered weekdays from 5 a.m.-6:30 p.m. This is one of the many ways ABC Action News is taking Action For You.
About WFTS/ABC Action News
WFTS-TV is the primary ABC network affiliate for the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota television market, programming a strong schedule of news, sports and entertainment. WFTS/ABC Action News was the first broadcast station newscast in the Tampa Bay area to broadcast in high definition. ABC Action News has been named the Associated Press’ Best Overall News Operation for past three years. ABC Action News leads the way providing local news and weather coverage on-air, on the web and on mobile phones. WFTS-TV is a Scripps Media station. For additional information, visit the WFTS-TV website at www.abcactionnews.com.
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands. With 36 television stations, Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners. Scripps runs a collection of national journalism and content businesses, including Newsy, the next-generation national news network; podcast industry leader Stitcher; the fast-growing national broadcast networks Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff; and Triton, the global leader in digital audio technology and measurement services. Scripps produces original programming including “Pickler & Ben,” runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”