Well Homer Simpson should be happy.
Changes are on the way in the Springfield, IL TV news scene, with new staffers to be hired and an increase in programming.
Tim Mathis, general manager of WICS-TV and WRSP-TV in Springfield and WBUI-TV, a CW affiliate licensed to Decatur, said the public will be better served by having more hours of news generated locally.
A 30-minute newscast at 9 p.m. weekdays on WRSP will be expanded to an hour as of Oct. 7, Mathis said. And Katie McManus Faye, executive news director said a new reporter, producer and director will be hired for the show. The WRSP news originates from the WICS studio in Springfield.
An open anchor position, with the departure of Marianne Manko, who is now with WAND-TV in Decatur, also will be filled, McManus Faye said. That person will accompany WICS anchor Vince DeMentri on WICS newscasts at 5 and 6 p.m., McManus Faye said. The new person also will anchor the 9 p.m. news on WRSP.