25 News, Heart of Illinois ABC announce merger of newscasts and talent

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Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 4:58 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 4:41 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Newscasts on 25 News will start to look a little different beginning in August - and there will be more of them, as the 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC News teams come together under one brand.

The merge has already started - with the winning combination of meteorologists Chuck Collins, Brian Walder, Joe Strus, Devan Masciulli, and Balint Szalavari as the First Alert Weather Team.

All the news will originate from the 25 News set - but it will also look a little different as new equipment and lighting is incorporated.

“The level of change that we’re talking about is huge,” said WEEK-TV General Manager Pete Russell. “We’re not losing anybody - in fact, we’ve actually hired additional people to be able to take on the additional news that we’re going to be doing.”

More news and more people are all coming this fall - starting August 1.

It’s a transition that is garnering excitement - we’re going big because research shows that Central Illinois wants more of what’s happening in this area.

One morning team will bring the news to Central Illinois from 4:30 a.m. - 7 a.m. - right from the 25 News studio.

All told, there will be 23 hours of additional news every week.

“As a News Director, when you can bring the best journalists in central Illinois together into one team, it’s a win-win for everyone,” said News Director Leon Hendricks. “Between the news expansion in the mornings, evenings, and digital streaming, 25 News will be everywhere.”

Programming schedule for WEEK-NBC and WEEK-ABC
Programming schedule for WEEK-NBC and WEEK-ABC(WEEK-TV)

A full rundown of all the shows are as follows:

  • 25 News Today
    • Jessica Cook, Erin Brown, Donnie Tillman and Meteorologist Joe Strus
    • 4:30 a.m. - 7 a.m.
    • WEEK-NBC and WEEK-ABC
    • Starting August 1
  • 25 News Good Morning
    • Donnie Tillman & Meteorologist Joe Strus
    • WEEK-ABC
    • 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    • Starting September 6
  • 25 News Midday
    • Erin Brown and Meteorologist Balint Szalavari
    • WEEK-NBC
    • 11 a.m. - noon
  • 25 News at Noon
    • Jessica Cook and Meteorologist Brian Walder
    • WEEK-NBC
    • Noon - 1 p.m.
  • 25 News at 4
    • Jenise Rebholz, Kyle Beachy and Meteorologist Brian Walder
    • WEEK-NBC
    • 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Starting September 12
  • 25 News at 5
    • Amber Krycka, Tyler Lopez and Meteorologist Chuck Collins
    • WEEK-NBC
    • 5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • 25 News at 5:30
    • Kyle Beachy, Amber Krycka and Meteorologist Brian Walder
    • WEEK-ABC
    • 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Starting September 12
  • 25 News at 6
    • Amber Krycka, Tyler Lopez, and Meteorologist Chuck Collins
    • WEEK-NBC
    • 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • 25 News at 6:30
    • Jenise Rebholz, Tyler Lopez and Meteorlogist Brian Walder
    • WEEK-ABC
    • 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Starting September 12
  • 25 News at 10
    • Amber Krycka, Tyler Lopez, Meteorologist Chuck Collins and Jim Mattson
    • WEEK-NBC
    • 10 p.m. - 10:35 p.m.
  • 25 News Saturday Today
    • WEEK-NBC
    • 6 a.m. - 8 a.m.
    • Starting October 1
  • 25 News at 6 (Saturday)
    • WEEK-NBC
    • 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • 25 News at 6:30 (Saturday)
    • WEEK-ABC
    • 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Starting December
  • 25 News at 10 (Saturday)
    • WEEK-NBC
    • 10 p.m. - 10:35 p.m.
  • 25 News Sunday Today
    • WEEK-NBC
    • 6 a.m. - 8 a.m.
    • Starting October 2
  • 25 News at 6:30 (Sunday)
    • WEEK-ABC
    • 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 25 News at 10 (Sunday)
    • WEEK-NBC
    • WEEK-ABC during Sunday Night Football nights
    • 10 p.m. - 10:35 p.m.

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