Austin’s Univision station launching morning newscast

Univision 62 is launching a morning newscast.
Univision 62 is launching a morning newscast.

Univision-owned TV stations statewide, including Austin’s KAKW Channel 62, will get a new two-hour morning newscast starting next month.

The show, “Noticias Texas Primera Edición” (“Texas News First Edition”), will air from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays beginning April 6.

While KAKW has offered brief news updates during the morning hours, the new broadcast marks the first time it will have a full-fledged morning newscast. And with a 4 a.m. start time, it will be the first local newscast on the air in Austin each morning. KEYE, KTBC, KVUE and KXAN all start their morning news at 4:30 a.m.

“Noticias Texas Primera Edición” will originate from Houston, but will also feature reporters based in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio.

Anchors will be Karina Yapor and Rodolfo Sanchez. Yapor and Sanchez both currently work at the Univision station in Dallas.

The newscast’s Austin-based reporters will be Liliana Soto and David Herrera, who are both already part of the Univision 62 news team.

The Univision network’s “Despierta América” (“Wake Up, America”) will air at 6 a.m., immediately following the new statewide newscast.

“We are committed to bringing our audiences the best news, entertainment and information,” said Univision Local Media president Kevin Cuddihy. “The launch of ‘Noticias Texas Primera Edición allows us to deliver in that regard. Our audiences in this region will be connected to the best content from across the state of Texas, delivered by the familiar faces that they’ve come to trust.”

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

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