Blake Russell, EVP of stations operations and content development for Nexstar, has spent the past pandemic year building out a new newsroom, studios and infrastructure for NewsNation. Along the way, he’s been eliminating holdover technology from the company’s Tribune acquisition and built a novel, enterprise-level content sharing tool. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.
Nexstar is now hiring a bureau chief, an executive producer and three more reporters to find the local angle on Washington goings-on for the station group’s 171 stations in 100 markets. “Our intention is not to chase what the president is doing and cover it from a national perspective, says Nexstar’s Jerry Walsh. “Our intention is to cover how the story in Washington affects our local markets.
The station group’s SVP of operations has earned the nickname ‘the architect” over 18 years by overcoming a wide variety of technical and operational challenges as the group has gotten bigger and bigger. And he is looking forward to creating new designs for local TV. “Just think about what we can do with the technology and how we take it to the next level.”
WRAL’s Pete Sockett, Cordillera’s Andy Suk and Nexstar’s Blake Russell talk about what’s on their minds and wish lists when they arrive at next week’s NAB Show. Among the topics and gear they’re interested in: the upcoming spectrum repack, ATSC 3.0, text-to-speech, master control, 4K and ENPS.