WGN America hires Ashleigh Banfield for Nightly News

(Banfield’s news show begins in March)

WGN America has hired longtime journalist Ashleigh Banfield for a new nightly news talk show. Banfield leaves Court TV where she hosted Judgment with Ashleigh Banfield. She had only been with Court TV for a year.

Called Banfield, will air weeknights at 10 p.m. beginning March 1. The host will interview newsmakers, politicians and celebrities, and will also include in-depth coverage of the day’s top news stories.

On Tuesday, Banfield told TheWrap she is “winding down production with Court TV,” where she has already stopped doing the live broadcast weeknights. Her magazine show, Judgment with Ashleigh Banfield, will finish out the current season of 48 episodes, she said.

“As WGN America begins expanding its programming and distribution in 2021, Ashleigh’s national appeal and network experience will help us reach new viewers seeking balance, not bias in news reporting, and talk programming that offers several points of view,” said Sean Compton, president of Nexstar Media Group. “Ashleigh is one of the most acclaimed, award-winning anchors in television news, reporting from across the country and around the globe, with a reputation for fairness and integrity. We are excited to add ‘Banfield’ to our growing lineup of news programming.”

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“What a thrill it is to be part of a team driving straight down the center lane,” said Banfield. “We’ve reached a time where Americans are hungry for facts without bias, news without spin, and guests from ALL perspectives. I can’t wait to go head-to-head with America’s top newsmakers and celebrities in a talk format that I’ve longed for since Larry King! It’s time to put in-depth interviews back on the cable news landscape.”

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Banfield is a 30-year broadcast veteran who has served as host of the A&E primetime series Live Rescue and host of Primetime Justice With Ashleigh Banfield on HLN. She has anchored Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield on CNN and co-anchored the CNN morning news show, Early Start. She has also served as a correspondent for ABC News, reporting for Good Morning America, 20/20, ABC World News Tonight, and Nightline.

She will replace the third hour of WGN America’s three-hour national newscast, News Nation, which premiered last September.