WKYT debuts central Kentucky's only weekend morning news

Elizabeth Dorsett

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- WKYT added three hours of weekend morning news to its lineup beginning Saturday. Weekend editions of “WKYT This Morning” air from 6 to 8 a.m. on Saturday and 8 to 9 a.m. on Sunday.

“This is just another example of the outstanding commitment WKYT has to being a news leader,” said Chris Mossman, who is part of the planning for the expansion as the station’s incoming president and general manager. Mossman, who came to WKYT last month from Gray Television’s WITN in Greenville-New Bern-Washington, N.C., will replace Wayne Martin who is retiring at the end of the year.

“We already produce the most morning news during the week so it made perfect sense for us to look at bringing our morning news commitment to weekends,” said Martin.

Some familiar faces are part of the weekend morning newscasts. Elizabeth Dorsett and meteorologist Kari Hall, both who are both already part of the weekend evening teams on WKYT, took the helm of weekend mornings.

Born and raised in Lexington, Dorsett first started at WKYT in 2004. "I love going out on stories, meeting new people and seeing new things," Dorsett said. "I also love getting to be a part of the best weekend team there is and telling people about what's going on in their communities."

Hall joined WKYT in 2010 after working in Lafayette and Alexandra, Louisiana. “Being born and raised in Louisville, I know how dynamic our weather can be,” said Hall. “Even at an early age, I always wanted to know how and why certain weather events occurred. I've never wanted to be anything other than a meteorologist.”

“On weekend mornings, people can expect to see the same great coverage of overnight breaking news and weather,” said WKYT News Director Robert Thomas. “We realize that everyone won’t rushed to get out the door so we will also focus on events, stories, and news that reflects what’s top of mind on the weekends as well.”

Beginning in December, Brittany Pelletz will join Hall, and sports anchor Lee K. Howard for WKYT’s weekend evening newscasts. Pelletz joined WKYT in 2011 from KRBC in Abilene, Texas.

With the addition of weekend morning news, WKYT is also revising its other programming schedule. On Saturdays, “WKYT This Morning” from 6 to 8 a.m. will be followed by “CBS This Morning” from 8 to 10 a.m. and then children’s programming from 10 a.m. to noon. On Sundays, “WKYT This Morning” from 8 to 9 a.m. will be followed by “CBS Sunday Morning” from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and “Face The Nation” from 10:30 until 11 a.m.

“Kentucky Newsmakers,” WKYT’s longtime political/public affairs program anchored by Bill Bryant, will continue to air on The CWKYT at 10 a.m. Sundays; “The Scholastic Ball Report” will regularly air at noon Saturdays on The CWKYT; and “Local Traveler,” a new program that focuses on businesses and attractions of local interest, will at 11:35 p.m. Saturdays following “WKYT News at 11.”

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