Non-owned station helps out with ‘CBS Weekend News’

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CBS News originated both editions of “CBS Weekend News” the weekend of April 11 and 12, 2020 from its Houston affiliate — which is notably not an owned station.

KHOU, which brands on air as KHOU 11, is owned by Tegna.

Mia Gradney, who anchors the station’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts, took over anchoring duties over Easter weekend.

Since the closure of the New York City CBS Broadcast Center, “CBS Weekend News” has been produced out of various CBS owned stations in Los Angeles, Denver and Dallas (which did two weekends).

KCBS in L.A. has also helped out WCBS in New York, which also broadcasts out of the mostly closed facility, on some of its local newscasts.

Using its owned stations across the country can make things easier in many ways since the parent company is technically paying for the station staff and facilities already (though they typically separate budget lines than what the national evening news costs would come out of).

In some cases, owned stations may also share common editorial systems and technical backbones, making production easier as well, though that’s certainly not a requirement for a station to handle a national broadcast.

“CBS Weekend News” is the weekend equivalent of “CBS Evening News” and is typically produced from the Studio 57 newsroom set in NYC.