Austin NBC affiliate KXAN is shaking up its daytime lineup starting next week.
“Studio 512,” the station’s lifestyle show, will move to 11 a.m. and expand from 30 minutes to an hour. It currently airs at 12:30 p.m.
Joe Barlow, entertainment reporter for The CW Austin, will join “Studio 512” host Amanda Tatom on the expanded program, “adding a fun new perspective and local entertainment reports to the show’s focus on local food, style, fitness and family.”
“The local content expansion is simply an effort to provide our viewers with more content specifically relevant to their lives here in Central Texas,” said Eric Lassberg, president and general manager of KXAN and sister stations KNVA and KBVO. “Our mission is all about serving the people of this local community valuable, interesting and relevant content.”
With “Studio 512” moving to an earlier time slot, KXAN’s noon newscast will expand to a full hour, running from noon to 1 p.m.
The newscast was initially an hour long when it first launched, but was trimmed back when “Studio 512” debuted in 2014.
“This is a return to our hour-long noon newscast format so we can provide in-depth coverage of the day’s most important developments,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said.
As part of the changes, Rachael Ray’s syndicated talk show, which had aired at 11 a.m., is moving to 2 p.m., displacing “Crime Watch Daily.”