WMAQ relaunches website

WMAQ-TV here in Chicago has become the first station in the NBC Local Media Group to re-launch its website. The site’s new name – NBCChicago.com – provides photos, improved traffic and weather information, separate sections for news, sports, and entertainment, as well as videos, blogs, and other goodies.

Compare this right now to sis station WNBC-TV in New York. WMAQ’s website is cleaner, more organized, easy to navigate, and less cluttered than it was previously (don’t worry New Yorkers, your site and WVIT in Hartford will be getting the same upgrade on Oct. 27.)

In fact, all of the nine NBC O&Os are getting the upgrades this month with KNBC-TV in Los Angeles (NBCLosAngles.com), KNSD-TV in San Diego (NBCSanDiego.com, whose domain is already in use by the station); and KNTV in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market (NBCBayArea.com) launching Thursday, and the rest (Washington, D.C.; Dallas; and Philadelphia) launching next Monday.

The monkier for the sites is “Locals Only”.