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WKBW-TV to debut weekend morning newscasts without competition from rivals at 8 a.m.

WKBW-TV is finally joining the weekend morning news race next month with newscasts headlined by two new members of the news department who arrived from Rochester television stations.

Starting Saturday, Feb. 27, Ali Touhey will anchor and Kaylee Wendt will be the meteorologist on separate hour-long newscasts sandwiched between the 7 a.m. edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Saturday and Sunday.

The 7 Eyewitness News newscasts will air at 6 a.m. and at 8 a.m. on both weekend days.

“Our viewers don’t take weekends off and mornings are a prime time when they need news and information the most,” said Michael Nurse, vice president and general manager for WKBW-TV, in a station release.

WKBW-TV will be competing with long-established weekend newscasts carried by Channel 4 and Channel 2, though it should have the 8 a.m. time period to itself.

Channel 4 carries news from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on both weekend days. However, an hour of the Sunday morning newscast can be bumped for kids programming when CBS Sports preempts it on Saturday.

Channel 2 carries Saturday newscasts from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and a Sunday newscast usually from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Touhey begin working as a Channel 7 reporter earlier this month after arriving from WROC-TV in Rochester. Wendt previously was a meteorologist and weather producer at WHAM-TV in Rochester.

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