As you might have known, Scripps completed its purchase of the McGraw-Hill stations back this past Friday (December 30). Of that group, KERO had plans to upgrade its newscasts to HD (but has evidently not yet completed the upgrade). The other three ABC stations in the ex-McGraw-Hill group are already airing newscasts in HD. (In another station group acquisition news, Sinclair (SBGI) is in the process of swallowing up two sizable television station groups - the Four Points Media group and the Freedom Communications television group, with stations such as KUTV, WPEC, WRGB and KEYE moving into the same ownership blanket as KABB, WBFF and WSYX, among others.)
And speaking of New Young Broadcasting (essentially the bankrupt Young Broadcasting that's now controlled by secured creditors), all of the stations that are airing their local news in HD except WATE and WLNS are managed by Gray Television. (The other Young station not managed by Gray, KRON, is also the only station in that group still broadcasting in SD 16:9.) Gray is not allowed to manage WATE or WLNS because Gray already owns and operates rival stations (WVLT and WILX, respectively) in those two markets.
And we will wait until this evening for the status of the newscasts on KSAS (Fox) in Wichita, KS. KSNW (NBC), which is currently the only station in that market that broadcasts in SD 16:9 rather than full HD, has taken over the production of the KSAS newscasts.