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Channel 38 joins 10 p.m. news race

By Johnny Diaz
Globe Staff / July 27, 2011

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WSBK (Channel 38) will join the 10 p.m. news race in September.

As part of its new partnership with MyNetworkTV, which will provide primetime programming on WSBK, the station plans to shift its half-hour 9 p.m. newscast to an hour later beginning Sept. 19. In that time slot, the newscast will compete with ratings powerhouse WFXT-TV (Channel 25) and WLVI-TV (Channel 56), which airs news from sister station WHDH-TV (Channel 7.)

Kate Merrill will anchor the 10 p.m. newscast on WSBK, along with meteorologist Todd Gutner and sports director Steve Burton. WSBK is the sister station of WBZ-TV (Channel 4.) Both stations are owned and operated by CBS Television.

Also beginning at 7 p.m. weeknights on Sept. 19 on WSBK: an hour of reruns of the CBS comedy “Big Bang Theory.’’ Among the primetime shows joining WSBK weeknights through its partnership with MyNetworkTV are reruns of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU’’; CBS’s “Cold Case’’; and USA’s “Burn Notice.’’

MyNetworkTV is a small syndicated network that mostly provides reruns of popular broadcast and cable programs.