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KDNL will launch 'non-traditional newscast' in January

KDNL will launch 'non-traditional newscast' in January

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KDNL (Channel 30) will launch “The Allman Report,” described as a nontraditional newscast and airing at 5 and 10 p.m. weeknights, in January. Jamie Allman, formerly with KMOV (Channel 4), will host.

General manager Tom Tipton said Monday that, in addition to Allman, KDNL would be hiring a reporter and at least a dozen people in other roles, including sales and production. Steve Church, a Lindbergh High School graduate who has worked in Los Angeles, will be the show’s executive producer.

Allman is host of a conservative talk radio show, “Allman in the Morning,” on KFTK (97.1 FM). Tipton said “it would be fair” to say the show would have a conservative spin. “You could call this an extension of his radio show,” he said.

“We’ll have guests on, local and national, some who’ll share Jamie’s views and some who’ll disagree with him, so there will be spirited debate,” Tipton said.

“The Allman Report” will be produced at the Pelopidas TV studio in Brentwood, not at KDNL on Cole Street.

KDNL, the ABC station in St. Louis, last produced its own local newscast in 2001. KSDK (Channel 5) produced a newscast for the station from 2011 until the end of last year.

In its official release, KDNL described “The Allman Report” as “an informative, debate-driven format focusing on the topics of the day with guest commentators and a wide social media presence.”

Tipton said in the announcement:

“ABC St. Louis will provide its viewers a more thorough look at the stories that impact St. Louis through in-depth viewpoints from an array of newsmakers on a local, national and international scale. No other news in St. Louis will provide the viewing public in our area this multi-platform reporting and commentary that is lacking in local news coverage.”

In the same announcement, Scott Livingston, vice president of news for KDNL owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, said:

“This will be a unique news program focusing on comprehensive analysis of stories that impact the community. The goal is to go beyond the headlines and provide context and perspective of a particular issue. We know that there is an appetite for a more in-depth conversation on the issues. We want to engage our viewing audience and get St. Louis talking.”

Allman will keep his radio show.

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Gail Pennington is the television critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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