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WBAL news may be losing its edge

WBAL news may be losing its edge

Local TV news ratings in Baltimore are rarely news.

The market has been dominated for a long time by a back-and-forth battle between WJZ and WBAL. Since the mid-1990s, most years ended in some version of a split decision, with both stations claiming victory. It was all mind-numbingly predictable.

Then, last week, came a set of Nielsen numbers for January showing WJZ (Channel 13) scoring a clean sweep over WBAL (Channel 11) — winning every competitive news time period. That defines dominance.

It's never wise to get too excited about one month's worth of ratings. But those January results come after WBAL had lost almost half its audience this fall at 4 p.m. in the...