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CHICAGO (AP) -- NBC's Chicago-owned television station will allow suburban

viewers to catch up on local news with 4 1/2-minute inserts in the regular

noon, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

Beginning about Jan. 14, participating suburban cable companies will insert

customized programming provided by Suburban News Source, said Bob Morse, vice

president and general manager of WMAQ-TV. Separate broadcasts will be available

for the north, northwest and south suburbs, he said.

"This historic venture represents the first time over-the-air broadcasters

will be offering viewers localized regional news, as well as offering clients

zoned advertising," Morse said.

The inserts will include segments like city council news and high school

sports, along with one minute of commercials. Customer of cable companies that

do not participate will see general features or repeats of earlier material.

The service will not be available in the city of Chicago.