KIRO shares news wealth


Viacom Inc.'s KSTW-TV Seattle has contracted with local Cox Broadcasting Inc.-owned CBS affiliate
KIRO-TV for a late-night newscast. The newscast is expected to premiere early
this year, produced by KIRO-TV and using KIRO-TV anchors.

KSTW-TV -- which dropped its local newscast and news department four years ago,
when it was part of the Paramount Television group -- will face competition in the 10 p.m.
hour from Tribune-owned Fox affiliate KCPQ(TV) and Belo Corp.-owned independent
KONG-TV, which gets news product from co-owned KING-TV.

It's the second deal of its type in recent weeks for Viacom stations, which
announced a partnership in Detroit with Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV to
produce news for UPN station WKBD(TV) there.