The program will be airing on WTVJ at 4pm on weekdays, will be either 30 minutes or an hour long and hosted by Jackie Nespral and Kevin Corke. NBC started testing the concept in September of 2009 at WRC, the NBC affiliate in Washington D.C. and WNBC in New York City just started airing it last month.
Interestingly perhaps a NY Daily News article from August 2010 quotes WNBC VP of News Susan Sullivan as saying that management is “… calling it a limited run” so there’s a question mark on whether this goes on and for how long.
The show itself will arrive at WTVJ about 80% ready to use. A team of producers at NBC headquarters in New York City is tasked with sifting trough stories that have aired or will be airing on any one of NBC Universal channels be that NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and whatever else the network owns. These producers will edit and package the stories they think people want to see and pipe them to every NBC-owned affiliate airing ‘The Daily Connection’ complete with sample anchor scripts. Then, producers at the local station mash it all up with local news stories, weather and whatever else they can grab and voilà more glue for local TV ads.
Locally, at 4pm ‘The Daily Connection’ will be up against ‘Oprah’ on WFOR, ‘7News at 4’ on WSVN and ‘Judge Judy’ on WPLG. Other NBC affiliates have slotted the show at around noon.