WMAR debuting revamped 6 p.m. news today

The Baltimore Sun

"ABC2 In Focus," a revamped local newscast promising more in-depth coverage and investigative journalism, will premiere at 6 tonight on WMAR, Channel 2.

"We’ve noticed a thirst in the market for in-depth stories,” WMAR News Director Kelly Groft said in a news release announcing the debut. “We’ll always cover the news of the day, it’s just now, at 6 p.m., we’ll slow down a bit, dig deeper and ask more questions."

The program, which officials at WMAR say has been in the works for "quite some time," will also include additional online content, as well as content aimed at social media and other mobile platforms.

"ABC2 In Focus" will not feature a traditional news anchor. Instead, all the station's news personnel will contribute to it and be featured on-air, said Alex Shaw, the station's director of creative services.

"The show is going to be more about the content than the people," Shaw said.

Station Vice President and General Manager Bill Hooper said the new program will "fill a much-needed void for investigative journalism in the area."

WMAR is Baltimore's ABC affiliate.

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