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DENVER — FOX31 Denver, KDVR-TV, is launching a weekday 11 a.m. newscast beginning April 11. In addition, “Good Day Colorado,” the station’s morning newscast, will begin a half-hour earlier at 4:30 a.m.

“The FOX31 team is committed to providing news when and where our viewers need it,” said Joan Barrett, KDVR and KWGN vice president and general manager. “The earlier morning start and a midday newscast are ways we believe we can better serve Coloradans and we will continue to look for more opportunities in the future.”

The 4:30 a.m. half-hour of “Good Day Colorado” will feature anchors Brooke Wagner and Kirk Yuhnke, along with meteorologist Greg Dutra and traffic anchor Ken Clark.

Wagner, Yuhnke and Dutra will also anchor the half-hour newscast at 11 a.m.

With the added newscasts, FOX31 Denver will broadcast 44.5 hours of local news per week, 9.5 more hours of news than any other station in the market. And combined, FOX31 Denver and its sister station, Colorado’s Own Channel 2, will produce 69.5 hours of local news every week.

“Morning news is becoming more and more important and a lot of people tune in early,” said Holly Gauntt, vice president of news and digital content for KDVR and KWGN. “In order to be competitive and to give our viewers what they want, we need to start at 4:30 a.m. We also believe there is an appetite for midday news and we can easily deliver in the 11 a.m. time period.”