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.

THE PRICE POINT

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.

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Marketing Vet Takes On ‘NewsNation’ Challenge

For Jonathan Killian, NewsNation’s new VP for creative marketing and brand communications, one one of the first challenges is helping viewers find the fledgling national newscast, whose brand of center-of-the-road news has been slow to get off the ground with viewers.

Talking TV | Quincy’s Sale, NewsNation’s Next Steps

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell look at TV’s M&A prospects this year following Gray’s acquisition of Quincy and discuss the major moves at Nexstar’s NewsNation.

Bill Shine Advising Nexstar’s NewsNation

Bill Shine, the former Fox News producer-turned executive, who later served as White House communications director under President Trump in 2018-2019, is consulting on Nexstar’s NewsNation cable channel. Shine joined NewsNation ahead of its launch last year (it launched as a primetime news block in September 2020), a spokesperson for Nexstar says. He is not an employee of the TV station giant.

News Director Sandy Pudar Leaves ‘NewsNation’

Just weeks before the planned expansion of NewsNation, the Chicago-based cable news operation on WGN America suddenly finds itself without a news director. Sandy Pudar, who oversaw the launch of the three-hour primetime newscast last September, resigned Tuesday, multiple sources confirmed. It’s not yet known why she quit.

WGN America Rebrands As NewsNation, Expands News Lineup

Nexstar’s cable network gets a new name and will add two hours of news programming on weeknights beginning March 1 with Early Edition and The Donlon Report joining Banfield.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Jessell | ‘NewsNation’ Needs New Time, Bigger Budget

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.

NewsNation Lands Sit-Down Interview With Trump

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.

‘NewsNation’ Edict Costs Nexstar Stations Access To CNN Video

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.

Brackets, ‘Crop Circles’ Laid The Groundwork For ‘NewsNation’ Sets

‘NewsNation’ Debuts Tonight On WGN America

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.