Best TV Newscast -- Night Denver 2003 - Channel 4
Readers' Choice: Channel 9
Molly Hughes has proven to be a strong addition to Channel 4's late broadcast, and she'll get strong support when Jim Benemann's non-compete with Channel 9 expires and he's able to join her at the anchor desk sometime this fall. The real key to the ten o'clock newcast's success, though, isn't its on-air personnel or flashy graphics, but its newsiness. The station's investigative unit, spearheaded by Brian Maass (who's more adept at pissing off the authorities than any of his peers), is consistently strong -- and not just during sweeps season, either. This dedication to substance gives Channel 4's late-night entry a vitality and heft sadly lacking in its competition.