CBS3 axes its Saturday morning news

CBS3's Anne-Marie Green (left) and Lesley Van Arsdall (right) with friend Heather Shanahan, out for the evening Thursday at Positano Coast. (Photo: HUGHE DILLON)

CBS3's Saturday morning newscasts, which featured Anne-Marie Green, Lesley Van Arsdall and Carol Erickson, have been eliminated, a CBS3 spokeswoman confirmed.

The Saturday lineup now starts at 6 a.m. with Inside Edition, followed by Storm Stories, the Saturday Early Show at 7 a.m., and from 9 a.m. a steady diet of kiddie fare: Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Cake, Horseland, Dino Squad and Sushi Pack.

Green, Arsdall and Erickson are part of Sunday morning's newscasts (6 to 9 a.m.), which are unaffected.

Budget issues have roiled all media. CBS3 is developing a 10 p.m. newscast for its sister station, CW Philly.