ABC 7 to launch "Suncoast View" in September

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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:59 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. — ABC 7 (WWSB-TV) is announcing plans to launch “Suncoast View,” a one-hour, locally-produced daily talk show. The program’s format is inspired by the ABC Network’s popular, long-running talk show, “The View.” It will premiere Monday, September 8th and air weekdays at 4:00 p.m.

“Suncoast View” will have a team of dynamic regular co-hosts, each with different backgrounds and life experiences, as well as frequent guest co-hosts. The afternoon chat-fest will feature the co-hosts discussing local “hot topics” in the news,sharing their opinions and engaging in lively conversations on every day issues and subjects such as parenting, relationships, cooking, fashion, entertainment, home & garden and even politics. The program will also include interviews with newsmakers and stories trending on social media.

In making the announcement, Jeff Benninghoff, Vice President of Broadcast, Calkins Media (ABC 7’s parent company)/General Manager of ABC 7, said, “Over the years, we have carried a variety of nationally syndicated programming, currently ‘The Doctors,’ in the 4:00 p.m. time period. However, our company believes strongly in localism, so we have been looking for more opportunities to produce local programming. After much internal analysis, we have come to believe that a locally produced, daily talk show at4:00 p.m. is the perfect vehicle to accomplish this.”

Steve Sabato, Director of News and Digital Content, added, “We are very excited to provide more local programming for the local audience. ‘Suncoast View’ will give us the ideal platform to showcase the unique people, places and happenings that make the Suncoast such a special place.”

ABC 7 (WWSB-TV) is the ABC affiliate serving Florida’s Suncoast and is owned by Southern Broadcast Corporation of Sarasota, a subsidiary of Calkins Media, Inc.

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