Nexstar, WSPA Hit With Lawsuit

Nexstar is being sued by a South Carolina man who says one of its stations falsely represented him as “an accused child predator.” Douglas Turner claims Nexstar-owned WSPA Greenville, S.C., used his photo instead of the suspect’s on air and in a story shared on the station’s website and Facebook page. Turner alleges the article and TV story were published “with malice or with reckless disregard for the truth.”


Nexstar Closes On WDKY, Names Costes GM

Monte Costes, a local market sales and marketing executive with nearly 30 years of broadcasting experience, will lead the Lexington, Ky., Fox affiliate.

Nexstar Expanding Weekly Political Affairs Program ‘Inside California Politics’

Nexstar Broadcasting will expand Inside California Politics to all six of its television stations serving the largest markets in California on Sept. 13. The 30-minute program will continue to air weekly, examining the […]


Nexstar Names Tom Keeler Portland, Ore. GM

The general management, sales, programming and marketing executive with more than 25 years of local television experience is tapped to lead its KOIN and KRCW.

DMAS 113 & 169

Mari Ossenfort New GM In Sioux Falls, Rapid City

The local broadcasting, marketing and sales executive with more than 25 years of experience will oversee Nexstar’s KELOLAND Media Group, including KELO, KCLO and following the retirement of  Jay Huizenga.

Nexstar VP-COO Brian Jones To Retire

The broadcasting industry veteran helped chart company’s growth and expansion since 2003.


Ron Romines New VP-GM Of WJZY-WMYT

The TV station executive with nearly 30 years of broadcast management, sales, and marketing experience is tapped by Nexstar to lead its Fox-MNT duopoly in Charlotte, N.C.


Chris Pruitt Named KIAH Houston VP-GM

Nexstar moves the veteran broadcasting executive and GM of its Waco, Texas,  stations with 25 years of management, sales, and marketing experience to lead its CW affiliate in Houston.


Nexstar Taps Marci Daniels As WLNS VP-GM

The group broadcaster is moving a veteran broadcasting executive with management, sales, and marketing experience from its WETM Elmira, N.Y., to lead is CBS affiliate WLNS in Michigan.

DMA 103

J. Patrick Baldwin New WHBF-KGCW VP-GM

Nexstar taps the veteran broadcasting executive with 35 years of management, sales, and marketing experience to lead WHBF-TV, KGCW following the retirement of Marshall Porter.


From 10,000 Nominations, Nexstar Chooses ‘Woman Of The Year’

Nexstar Broadcasting’s three-month nationwide campaign honoring the outstanding contributions that women have made to local communities has culminated in the selection of a Woman of the Year. The married mother of three works as an area lead for the Northern Illinois Food Bank, serving several counties located south and west of Chicago.

Nexstar To Host Virtual Town Hall In Tampa Bay

Nexstar Broadcasting will host the COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall featuring Tampa Bay area local government leaders, a member of Florida’s State Senate, and two members of Florida’s delegation to the […]


Nexstar Ups Amy Doane To VP-GM Of WNCT

The veteran broadcasting executive with nearly 30 years of sales and marketing experience is tapped to lead Its Greenville, N.C., CBS-CW operation.

Nexstar Hosting Multi-Market Virtual Town Hall With Indiana Senators, Reps

Nexstar Broadcasting will host an exclusive live virtual Town Hall meeting, IN Focus: A Coronavirus Town Hall, featuring both of Indiana’s U.S. Senators and eight members of Indiana’s delegation to […]

Nexstar Hosting Multi-Market Live Virtual Town Hall With Tennessee Governor

Nexstar Broadcasting will host a live virtual Town Hall meeting with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. CT.  The governor will address the statewide response […]

Comscore Launches QuickScore For Local TV

Working with partners including Nexstar, Comscore says the new service provides preliminary ratings within 48 hours of a telecast to “empower local TV to plan and evaluate with more immediacy.”


GM, Sales Manager Openings At Nexstar

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a general manager and local sales manager at Nexstar operations in Nashville and Raleigh, N.C.


Andrew Wyatt Adds WDCW To Responsibilities

Nexstar gives him responsibility for WDCW Washington in addition to his existing role as VP-GM of WDVM Hagerstown, Md.

Nexstar Names William Sally EVP Of Sales

The SVP and regional manager of Nexstar Broadcasting is promoted to the newly created executive sales management position overseeing Nexstar’s sales, business development and revenue initiatives as it prepares to absorb the Tribune Media stations.


Ex-WHTM Anchor Files Complaints

Flora Posteraro, the former WHTM Harrisburg, Pa., news anchor whose dismissal has roiled the midstate’s social media world, has now filed sex discrimination and retaliation complaints against her former employer, Nexstar Broadcasting.


Stations Eye Irma While Fundraising For Harvey


3 Of 4 Broadcast CEOs Agree: 3.0 Is A Winner

At last week’s TV2020 conference, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry Jessell sat down with station group heads Jack Abernethy of Fox, Pat LaPlatney of Raycom, David Smith of Sinclair  and Perry Sook of Nexstar for a nuts-and-bolts discussion of the money-making potential of ATSC 3.0. Abernethy liked the technology, but was skeptical about the business models. However, the other three said adopting the new technology is a no-brainer. Said Sook: “It’s the next technological evolution of our business. I think it’s just a matter now of how fast we can roll things out.” Watch the session above.

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Abernethy: Fox Not Yet Ready To Embrace 3.0

AbernethyBut three other major stations group heads led by David Smith of Sinclair expressed unqualified enthusiasm for implementing the new broadcast standard, saying it will transform broadcasting into a fast-growing business again. “It’s essential for this industry to survive to have ATSC 3.0 in the marketplace as fast as possible,” said Smith.


Nexstar Names Midwest Local Content Chief

Andy Miller is promoted from news director at the company’s WCIA-WCIX to a newly-created position overseeing Nexstar’s Midwest broadcast and digital media local content initiatives.



Nexstar Posts Flat 4Q Local Core Revenue

An apples-to-apples comparison of quarterly numbers factoring out the stations it added shows net revenue, excluding political, was up 12%; core spot revenue was flat; local spot revenue was up low single digits, retransmission consent income grew 40% and digital was up 10%.


Stations Wary Of Distributed Content

Allowing original content to live entirely on other platforms has spread through online publishing with locomotive force. Some broadcasters are experimenting with it, but many worry it will erode traffic to their own websites and apps after spending years cultivating it.

CW And Nexstar Sign New Affiliation Deal

The agreement extends affiliations for nine Nexstar stations and two owned by Mission Broadcasting.

Nexstar Hosting La. Gubernatorial Debate

Nexstar Broadcasting will host a Louisiana gubernatorial debate in October, which will air on both Nexstar and non-Nexstar stations throughout the state. The one-hour debate will take place at 7 […]

DMA 41

Layoffs At Nexstar’s KLAS Las Vegas

This is the second round of cuts at the CBS affiliate. The first round came shortly after Nexstar took over the station in February.

Nexstar Expands Its Digital Marketing Agency

The broadcaster rolls out Tactive Digital in 18 markets to serve local and regional clients with mobile marketing, video targeting, reputation management, social media management, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, Web design and native advertising, among others.

Nexstar Rolls Up Its 3 CMS Units Into Lakana

The station group has consolidated its three providers of online technology — Inergize, Internet Broadcasting and The Enterprise Technology Group (EndPlay) — into one newly branded business under Phillip Hyun (pictured), the former CEO of Enterprise.”We are looking to leverage the assets and the people … to create a bigger and better company,” Hyun says.


Digital A Growing Force In Nexstar’s Future

CEO Perry Sook believes there is far more potential for growth in digital than in spot advertising so his company has been expanding its digital footprint through acquisitions. And more are likely to come. He’s on the lookout for specialized or “vertical” websites and tech companies that would help Nexstar exploit social media and native advertising.


Nexstar, Dish Finally Reach Retrans Deal

It took three extensions before they could get it done, but the station group and satellite carrier now have a retrans deal covering 60 Nexstar stations in 46 markets. Terms were not disclosed.


DMA 48

Jacksonville Weatherman Tim Deegan Sues Nexstar


Nexstar Buying KCWI For $3.5 Million

Nexstar is adding the CW affiliate in Des Moines-Ames, Iowa, to its growing portfolio, buying it from Pappas Telecasting.


Encouraging Signs In The JSA-SSA Mess

Over the past few weeks, we have begun to see how the FCC’s decision in March to curtail the use of joint sales and shared services agreements is impacting the business.Three groups have proposal three different plans to come into compliance with the new rules. Of them, Nexstar’s arrangement with Pluria Marshall is the potential win-win.

DMA 185

Gray Sells Grand Junction Duop To Nexstar

As a result of its November deal for Hoak Media, Gray Television will end up with a second duopoly (CBS-Fox) in the Colorado market west of Denver. That’s one too many under the FCC rules — it already has an ABC-NBC duopoly there. So, it’s spinning off the CBS-Fox combo to Nexstar Broadcasting in two separate deals for a total of $37.5 million.

Nexstar Names Tom O’Brien EVP Digital Media

The former WNBC president and general manager will report to Nexstar CEO Perry Sook and help the group expand its offerings and enhance its user platforms and multiplatform integration. “Tom brings outstanding leadership and entrepreneurial skills to Nexstar, and I look forward to working directly with him as our new reporting structure is intended to allow us to take a more holistic approach to business and revenue development,” says Sook.

Why Shares of Nexstar, Sinclair Are Booming

Local broadcast TV stocks are booming. Shares of Nexstar Broadcasting Group are up 254% in 2013, Sinclair Broadcast Group, with 149 stations, is up 133%. And according to analysts, both companies could gain 20% in the coming year.


Nexstar Readies Major Memphis Overhaul

This weekend, the group owner will open a new 27,000-square-foot facility that will house its duopoly of WPTY (ABC) and WLMT (CW), plus WJKT, the Fox affiliate in adjacent Jackson, Tenn. The facility will produce 43.5 hours of HD news each week, with WPTY using JVC’s GY-HM650 and 700-series cameras in the field and JVC GY-HD250s in the studio. Master control will be running Sundance automation software.