Nexstar’s new national newscast shows promise with its polish and presentation, but to really compete in the ratings it needs an earlier start time and more resources behind it.
Anchor Joe Donlon will sit down with the president at the White House and the interview will air on Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. ET. The network, which has promised to stick to facts, said it will run the interview in its entirety, with almost no editing.
Nexstar stations are said to be apoplectic over the decision by CNN to terminate its video sharing agreement with the company’s 197 affiliates. The move came in retaliation for a Nexstar corporate edict that its stations withhold breaking news video from competing networks so NewsNation can have it first.
The new live daily three-hour newscast features 150 dedicated reporters and staff; will leverage the knowledge of 5,400 local journalists from Nexstar’s 110 newsrooms. It will be available to 75 million U.S. television households.