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KSTP pushes "Jimmy Kimmel" back

Posted by: Neal Justin under Behind the scenes, Late-night TV, Local TV and radio, Television Updated: October 2, 2012 - 3:47 PM

Hot off his Emmy hosting gig, Jimmy Kimmel is preparing to go head-to-head directly with Jay Leno and David Letterman across the country--but not in the Twin Cities.

Starting Jan. 8, KSTP is planning to broadcast a one-hour newscast from 10-11 p.m.. That means "JImmy Kimmel Live," which was expected to take the old "Nightline" slot at 10:35 p.m., won't start locally until 11 p.m. "Nightline" will air at midnight.

KSTP's general manager Rob Hubbard points out that KSTP is already doing an hour in the evening - but it's currently split up by the half-hour broadcast of "Nightline."

"Keeping the crew around for a whole hour just didn't make sense," Hubbard said.

Hubbard said it also didn't make economic sense to simply do a half-hour of news late at night.

"Any station that has negotiated the right to own that time at night is doing what we're doing," he said.

The late start for "Kimmel" isn't all bad for comedy fans. This way, you can still catch Leno or Letterman's monologue and not miss a bit of Kimmel.

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