Nexstar, Altafiber Reach Distribution Deal

The new agreement covers Nexstar’s NBC affiliate WDTN Dayton, Ohio, and cable news network NewsNation.

NewsNation Expanding Morning News Programming To Four Hours Each Weekday

Beginning June 27, the Nexstar cable network debuts Early Morning, a one-hour newscast hosted by Mitch Carr at 6 a.m. ET

NewsNation Hires Former Fox News Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt

Stirewalt had been with Fox News Channel since 2010 but left after the network called Arizona for Joe Biden in the 2020 election, angering conservatives.

NewsNation Spells It Out In Crossword Game-Inspired Promo

Nexstar’s NewsNation is building upon its Jenga-themed promo with one that spells out its key points in the form of a crossword board game.

NewsNation Invites Viewers To ‘Come Back To The News’

NewsNation Promotes Brian Entin To Senior National Correspondent

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH SEAN COMPTON

NewsNation Growing With ‘Baby Steps,’ Compton Says

Sean Compton, president of the Nextstar’s networks division, says its nascent NewsNation network is progressing “exactly as we designed it to go,” on a trajectory to 24/7 programming, a doubled staff and future content from Nexstar-owned The Hill in the cards.

NewsNation Further Expands News Programming

An 11 p.m. newscast joins the schedule; the morning news block adds a fourth hour; Rush Hour expands to two hours; weekend evening newscasts expand to three hours. By June the Nexstar cable network will offer more than 60 hours of live news, analysis, and talk every week.

NewsNation’s ‘Dan Abrams Live’ Moves To 9 PM ET

Nexstar’s NewsNation said today that Dan Abrams Live will move to 9 p.m. ET, effective Feb. 28. NewsNation Prime, its live national primetime newscast, will move to 8 p.m. ET on the same date. Michael Corn, NewsNation president of news, said: “Moving to 9 p.m. ET will expose Dan and his show to millions of […]

George Will Joins NewsNation As Senior Contributor

The Pulitzer Prize-winner will appear across all broadcast and digital platforms on the Nexstar cable news network.

NewsNation Touts Growth, Unbiased Reporting In Thanksgiving-Themed Promo

Stephen Arnold Music Creates Themes for NewsNation’s ‘Dan Abrams Live’ and ‘Morning in America’

Stephen Arnold Music delivered sonic branding and custom music for two new shows debuting on NewsNation, Nexstar Media Group Inc.’s cable news network. The project includes branded themes for Dan Abrams Live, a weekday primetime show featuring the veteran legal analyst, and Morning in America, an all-new, 3-hour morning show hosted by Adrienne Bankert, formerly of the Good […]

NewsNation Chief Meteorologist Albert Ramon Leaving

Following the departure of news anchor Rob Nelson, Ramon is the second of the network’s four original on-air hires to resign in recent weeks.

Nick Smith Joins NewsNation’s “Morning In America”

Nick Smith is an Emmy Award-winning host and journalist, born in Chicago and a graduate of Thornridge High School in Dolton, Ill. He has worked as an anchor/host in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Philadelphia and as a field correspondent for ABC News. Nick holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and […]

Talking TV: Dan Abrams Looks To Break Cable’s Left/Right Choke Hold

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Dan Abrams, host of an eponymous new live show on Nexstar’s NewsNation, about drawing lines between his brand of bias and primetime cable’s penchant for left/right absolutism.

KXAN Reporter Alex Caprariello Leaving For NewsNation

NewsNation Releases Morning Newscast Teaser Promo

Anchor Rob Nelson Exits NewsNation

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New ‘NewsNation’ Ad Campaign Pledges ‘News For All America’

NewsNation, Nexstar Media’s nascent cable network, is set to launch a new promotional campaign across the country in September. “What you hear and see in this campaign is very much a decidedly different tone of voice,” says Jonathan Killian, NewsNation’s VP of creative marketing and brand communication.

 

NewsNation Expanding Programming, Adds Dan Abrams, New A.M. Show

Beginning Sept. 27, the Nexstar cable network will feature 55 hours of live news, analysis and talk each week. Abrams will host Dan Abrams Live and Adrienne Bankert will anchor its new live national weekday newscast Morning in America.

NewsNation Launching Two New Weeknight Programs

On July 19, NewsNation: Rush Hour will be anchored by Nichole Berlie at 6 p.m. ET, with On Balance with Leland Vittert debuting at 8.

Cherie Grzech Joins NewsNation As News VP, Managing Editor

NewsNation, Nexstar Media’s cable network reaching 75 million U.S. television households, today announced that veteran news executive Cherie Grzech will join the network as vice president of news, managing editor, effective July 19. She will oversee the network’s day-to day news gathering and production process and supervise a staff of more than 100 reporters, producers, […]

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH PERRY SOOK

Executive Session | Nexstar: ‘There Is No Plan B’ On NewsNation

Nexstar CEO Perry Sook weighs in on NewsNation’s struggles; the prospect of increasing reverse comp fees for less programming exclusivity; NextGen TV’s monetization horizon; the industry’s need for a single, impressions-based currency and much more in this exclusive TVNewsCheck interview. 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.

Michael Corn Named NewsNation President Of News

Nexstar taps the award-winning former ABC News senior executive producer of Good Morning America and ABC World News for a new executive position at its nascent cable news network.

Former ‘GMA’ EP Corn Joining NewsNation

Michael Corn will join the struggling cable news network ahead of the launch of a new morning program.

Former Fox News Anchor Vittert Joins NewsNation

Fox News anchor Leland Vittert, who parted ways with the network last week after months off the air, has landed at Nexstar’s cable network NewsNation.

NewsNation Promised An ‘Unbiased’ Alternative To Fox, CNN. What Went Wrong?

Nexstar Media’s cable channel NewsNation, launched last year, is searching for a lane in the highly polarized news landscape but has struggled to gain traction.

NewsNation Adds Atlanta Bureau, Correspondent

NewsNation, Nexstar Media Group’s cable network has expanded its nationwide network with a new Atlanta bureau. Former Houston-based reporter Janel Forte will be joining the bureau as its first correspondent. “The opening of our Atlanta bureau is a strategic step in supporting our mission of bringing Americans fact-based news that represents a full range of […]

Adrienne Bankert Joins NewsNation As Anchor-Correspondent

NewsNation, Nexstar Media Group, Inc.’s wholly-owned cable network, has hired Emmy-winning veteran journalist Adrienne Bankert as an anchor-correspondent effective immediately. She will initially cover national affairs and deliver special reports across the network’s primetime weeknight news broadcasts. Later this year, she will begin anchoring a new national newscast, as NewsNation continues moving forward with plans to expand its news programming to […]

NewsNation Names Washington Correspondent

Nexstar’s cable news channel NewsNation — formerly WGN America — has named Allison Harris to be a correspondent in its Washington, D.C., bureau, focusing on news coming out of the White House. Harris joins the network from KDFW Dallas-Fort Worth, where she had been a reporter.

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The Price Point | NewsNation Finds Itself At Early Crossroads

Nexstar’s nascent NewsNation cable network has been roiled with high-level departures and “plummeting morale amid dismal ratings,” as summarized by one media writer. It is certainly at a pivotal juncture, and whether it can deliver on the unique, apolitical content it promised will be key to its survival.

Nexstar CEO Fiddles With Morning Show While NewsNation Burns

NewsNation’s News VP Quits Amid Bias Concerns

Jennifer Lyons, the VP of news at Nexstar’s rebranded cable news channel NewsNation resigned Tuesday amid concerns it will take a right-wing turn because of low ratings.

Journalists Rebel At NewsNation, A Newcomer In Cable News

Two top editors at the channel’s new prime-time newscast resigned amid staff complaints of a right-wing tilt and concern over the involvement of the former Fox News chief Bill Shine. Above,

Nexstar Turns To Stephen Arnold Music For NewsNation Sonic Identity

Stephen Arnold Music is supporting the rebrand of Nexstar Media Group’s cable network WGN America as NewsNation with sonic branding and custom music inspired by the network’s commitment to delivering “fact-based news” to viewers hungry for unbiased media. Working in tandem with Jonathan Killian, the network’s vice president, creative marketing and brand communications, the studio […]

NewsNation Relaunch Gets Just 37,000 Primetime Viewers

NewsNation relaunched on Monday, not that you would know that from these TV ratings. According to Nielsen, NewsNation’s first primetime back on the cable airwaves drew just 37,000 total viewers, on-average, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. In the key news demo, adults 25-54, the average across those three hours was only 8,000. It gets worse: Ashleigh Banfield’s new program settled for a mere 17,000 total viewers at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen. Just 5,000 viewers aged 25-54 tuned in to that hour.

Inaugural Guests Set For NewsNation’s ‘Banfield’

Aaron Sorkin, Bryan Cranston and Robin Wright headline first week’s guests. Ashleigh Banfield’s new hour-long talk show debuts March 1 at 10 p.m.

TECH ONE-ON-ONE WITH BLAKE RUSSELL

TVN Tech One-On-One | Laying The Foundation For NewsNation At Nexstar

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.

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Nexstar Adds To Its Creative Team At WGN America/NewsNation

Dean Reynolds Leaves ‘NewsNation’

Still reeling from the sudden departure of its news director, NewsNation just lost its best known and most experienced reporter. Dean Reynolds signed off Friday after six months as national political correspondent for the Chicago-based newscast on Nexstar Media Group’s WGN America cable network.