Nexstar Media Group, Inc. announced today that its wholly-owned cable network, WGN America, which reaches approximately 75 million U.S. TV households, will begin airing a live daily three-hour national newscast called News Nation this summer.
News Nation will air in prime-time, from 8 pm ET to 11 pm ET, and will draw on the local market, regional and national expertise of Nexstar’s 5,400 local journalists in 110 local newsrooms across the country. The program will deliver news reporting that is fact-based, impactful, educational and unbiased.
In addition to the live nightly newscast, News Nation’s digital team of reporters and producers will deliver news twenty-four hours a day online through its digital properties and soon-to-be-launched mobile app, newsnationnow.
The program will be broadcast live from a new, state-of-the-art newsroom and studio located at WGN-TV in Chicago, bringing viewers breaking news and live video on the most important news stories and issues impacting the nation, as well as regional and local communities throughout the U.S.
The fast-paced newscast will be created by a fully-staffed newsroom, dedicated digital and social media teams, and experienced reporters filing stories from around the country. The show’s anchors will pivot to various locations nationwide as news breaks and stories develop.
The debut will air as several third-party syndicated entertainment programs end their run on WGN America. As a result, according to a press release, News Nation’s programming and personnel expenses will be neutral to Nexstar.
“Nexstar has the largest newsgathering organization in the country, with 5,400 journalists in 110 newsrooms throughout the U.S., including capitol news bureaus in 20 states across the nation,” says Perry Sook, Nexstar Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We get to the scene of important breaking news first and provide live coverage delivered by reporters who know the local community and can provide the proper context for what’s happening. This is a powerful combination and gives us a great foundation on which to build News Nation.”
Sook continued, “News Nation will be prime-time content that WGN America owns and controls. By aggregating our current news resources to produce News Nation, we can leverage WGN America’s strong reach across the U.S. and develop a new unbiased national news broadcast without incurring incremental operating expenses.”
Nexstar’s Sean Compton, Executive Vice President of WGN America, believes News Nation will fill an important void in the current television news landscape.
“No one else is delivering news in prime-time,” said Compton. “Others are airing entertainment programming, sports programming or opinion shows, which creates a great opportunity for WGN America to provide an alternative in this daypart with News Nation. Across our markets, we consistently hear from viewers who are seeking straight-ahead, unbiased news reporting that is grounded in fact, not opinion. News Nation will deliver exactly that.”
Compton continued, “We’re committed to the success of this ambitious live newscast and digital app. We have a powerful promotional platform in our 197 local television stations, reaching 64 percent of the television households in the U.S., and we intend to use it to support News Nation on air and online.”
News Nation will be overseen by Jennifer Lyons, a media industry executive with 30 years of newsgathering and production experience, who has been promoted to Vice President of News for WGN America.
Lyons was most recently Vice President/News Director for WGN-TV, Nexstar’s local television station in Chicago (DMA #3), where she was responsible for producing more than 70 hours of local news per week and drove the launch of several new newscasts.
“This is something new, something special,” said Lyons. “5,400 journalists working together for a prime-time national newscast and a team of people working around the clock to bring digital news and stories to life online. News Nation will be filled with award-winning local journalists telling local stories with national impact—stories that make you think. This will be a newscast that serves as a refuge for viewers across the country who are disenchanted with current news offerings and looking for fact-based news that’s delivered without bias or opinion.”
Future announcements and information about News Nation, including talent hires, the progress of studio and newsroom construction, and show format will be made on the WGN America website, www.wgnamerica.com.
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 197 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 115 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC’s UHF discount). Nexstar’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar’s community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities. Nexstar also owns WGN America, a growing national general entertainment cable network and a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network, a top tier cable asset. For more information click here.
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