Posted Online: Jan. 07, 2013, 11:21 pm

KWQC takes over Fox 18 9 p.m. news

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com


Just in time for the new year, the Fox 18 9 p.m. news has a new look and new staff, courtesy of its Davenport neighbors,KWQC-TV6, the area's NBC affiliate.

"We are excited about our agreement with FOX 18 and pleased to be able to offer another quality newscast to the market," KWQC vice president and general manager Ken Freedman said recently on kwqc.com.

"We have a rich history of producing exceptional local news and entertainment for the greater Quad-Cities area and believe we can extend the same level of quality to the FOX 18 Nine O'Clock News."

The two stations began their partnership on New Year's Eve. Since September 2010, the seven-day-a-week newscast was produced by WQAD-TV in the ABC affiliate's Moline studios.

"We're thrilled to enter into this partnership with KWQC, the Quad-Cities news leader," said Kathy DeBoeuf, KLJB Fox 18's assistant general manager. "With their outstanding reputation of news storytelling and quality production, this partnership with KWQC is a perfect fit for our station. We are confident that FOX 18 will continue to provide our viewers and advertisers the distinctive news programming they have come to know and expect."

From 1999 to 2010, the Fox 9 p.m. news — an hour earlier than the start of the other three local network newscasts — was produced by Davenport-based Independent News Network, which produces news for several TV stations across the country.