Baton Rouge TV station WBRZ, Channel 2 launched a new 24-hour news channel Friday.
The new channel, WBRZ+, will air all of WBRZ News 2's regular newscasts, and the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. half-hour newscasts on the station's main channel, Channel 2 (cable Channel 5) will expand to one hour on the new channel, according to a news release from WBRZ.
First up for Friday's expanded 6 p.m. newscast is an in-depth look at the I-10 widening project through Baton Rouge announced today.
WBRZ+ will be available free over-the-air on Channel 2.2, on Cox cable Channels 11 or 1011 and Eatel 2. In addition, the channel will be available on streaming services including Roku and WBRZ.com.
The new channel is replacing the station's current repeat news channel, according to Director of Marketing Noah Kozinko.
"There will be some repeats, but we are planning on expanding the mornings (which now feature news show '2une In' from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.) and will cut in often for any live press conferences and breaking news," Kozinko says.
There will also be additional newscasts that are exclusive to WBRZ+.
"With the new shows, there will be six hours of live news on weekdays and that number will grow in the first quarter of 2018," Kozinko also says.
The expanding news will not impact television shows seen during those time periods on WBRZ, which also carries ABC programming.
Michael Shingleton and Sylvia Weatherspoon will anchor both hours of local news. Chief weather forecaster Pat Shingleton and sports director Michael Cauble will also be featured in the broadcasts along with WBRZ's Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto, the release says.
WBRZ has hired additional staff and looks toward additional expansion later in the year, according to the release.