Sarah Hill to Host New Interactive Newscast
COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 announced Monday that it will be introducing an interactive 4 p.m. newscast to its current lineup of local news once Oprah Winfrey ends her season in September. The program will cover news, events and weather in Mid-Missouri while inviting viewers to share their opinions on the air through social media. KOMU 8's Sarah Hill will anchor and co-produce this hour-long contemporary newscast set to air Monday-Friday on KOMU 8. "I'm very excited about the opportunity to use KOMU 8's multiple platforms in innovative ways," said Hill. "I've always compared my job as a storyteller to holding up a mirror and letting viewers see themselves. This news program will be your reflection. We will present new ways to tell stories never attempted in this market. I really enjoy connecting with our viewers whether it's via Facebook, Twitter or a note scribbled on a paper napkin. My hope is this show will build on the interaction we so enjoy with our viewers to create a better reflection of our community. And I'm following Oprah. No pressure!"
"We are very excited to announce our plans for U_News@4 #Sarah Hill," said KOMU 8 General Manager Marty Siddall. "This is not going to be your typical newscast. It will be an interactive conversation about you and today's news." U_News@4 #Sarah Hill will air for the first time on Monday, September 12.
KOMU is an auxiliary enterprise of the University of Missouri and is expected to generate all revenues for station operations. Station operations and investments in broadcast technology are funded entirely by advertising and retransmission revenues. No funding from the university or state is used to support KOMU.