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.

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Nexstar’s California Stations Host Pandemic Town Hall

The one-hour virtual town hall will be hosted from the studios of KTXL Sacramento, and will be available to more than 28 million viewers across California.

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 […]

Nexstar Broadcasting’s Timothy Busch To Retire

The 36-year broadcasting veteran is stepping down on June 1. He served in multiple leadership roles over 20 years as Nexstar grew to become the nation’s largest broadcaster.

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.

TVN FOCUS ON DIGITAL

TVN Focus On Digital | TV Station CMSs Streamline And Simplify

Content management systems are the workhorses of local stations’ digital operations. Executives from Tegna, NBCU, CBS, Gray, Nexstar and Fox have discovered that user simplicity and integrations for multiplatform distribution have become essential attributes. 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 Names Chief Product Officer, Digital

Jeff Moriarty, most recently senior VP, consumer products at Gannett/USA Today Network, will manage Nexstar’s portfolio of digital destinations across product, engineering and audience development.

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.

Scripps Completes Sale Of WPIX To Mission

Scripps purchased WPIX as part of its acquisition of eight television stations in seven markets from Nexstar. Those stations were being divested in connection with Nexstar Media Group’s acquisition of Tribune Media in September 2019. Scripps granted Nexstar the option to buy back WPIX. The option expired at the end of 2021. Nexstar assigned its option to Mission Broadcasting, and Mission exercised the option.

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Nexstar Stations In 6 States Airing New Year’s Eve Show

Dish, Nexstar Resolve Carriage Impasse

Dish Network and Nexstar Media Group, the No. 1 U.S. owner of local TV stations, have resolved a carriage dispute that took 164 Nexstar stations and cable network WGN America off the air for more than three weeks. The deal was announced just after 1 a.m. ET on Friday, Christmas Day.

Nexstar Launches NextGen TV In Denver

The debut on KDVR and KWGN marks the company’s 12th market and 22nd station to roll out ATSC 3.0 in this year. Nexstar plans to convert 32 more stations in 20 additional markets in 2021

Dish Blasted In Nexstar Spots

Nexstar Media has begun criticizing Dish Network in commercials on its stations as the retransmission dispute that has blacked out channels in 115 markets enters its third week.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Tech Trends For ’21: COVID-Driven Shifts Extend

Trends driven by the pandemic are likely to persist into 2021 and beyond, while transitions to IP infrastructures will accelerate and aging on-prem infrastructure will give way to increased reliance on the cloud. NextGen TV will also likely pick up speed after COVID’s cooling effect on its rollout this year.

Cable’s Annual Retrans Shoutfest Begins

Retransmission consent battles have become as much of a year-end tradition as eggnog and holly, and 2020 is no different, with at least two disputes brewing and certainly more to come. Tegna and Nexstar kicked off this year’s station negotiation season with blackouts.

WGN America, YouTube TV Set Carriage Deal

The new agreement makes Nexstar’s cable network available to more than 3 million new streaming subscribers in 2021.

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

TVN Focus On Business | TV Recruiting Faces Pandemic Challenges

TV stations are still hiring during the pandemic, but HR executives say they’ve had to get creative in their largely virtual environments, turning to social media and marketing tools to fill key positions, particularly account executives, producers and executive producers.

EARNINGS CALL

Nexstar Bullish On Core Advertising Rebound

On the heels of reporting record results for the third quarter, fueled by even better-than-expected political ad sales, Nexstar Media Group Chairman-CEO Perry Sook told Wall Street analysts this morning that the good news is continuing even after Election Day. “Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, we continue to see month-over-month improvement in our core […]

Nexstar Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

Nexstar Media Group announced today that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.56 per share of its Class A common stock. The dividend is payable on Friday, Nov. 20, to shareholders of record on Friday, Nov. 6.

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.

Nexstar Announces $1 Billion Offering

Nexstar Media Group announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Nexstar Broadcasting, intends to offer, subject to market and other customary conditions, up to $1 billion in aggregate principal amount of new senior notes due 2028 in a private offering. The notes will be Nexstar’s senior unsecured obligations and will be guaranteed by the company, Mission Broadcasting Inc. and “certain of Nexstar’s and Mission’s existing and future restricted subsidiaries on a senior unsecured basis.” Nexstar said it intends to use the proceeds to redeem all of its 5.625% senior unsecured notes due 2024, with the remainder to be used for “general corporate purposes.”

Nexstar Names Castano GM In Binghamton, Elmira

The station group chooses the management, sales, programming and marketing executive with 25 years of local broadcasting experience to lead WIVT, WBGH Binghamton and WETM Elmira-Corning.

‘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.

Nexstar OKs $300M Share Repurchase Expansion

Perry A. Sook, Nexstar chairman, president and CEO, said: “The expanded repurchase authorization reflects our confidence in the company’s growing free cash flow from operations and our long-term commitment to deploying capital in a manner that can enhance shareholder value.”

‘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.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Jessell | TV News’ Real Bias Problem: Expediency

Nexstar has promised its forthcoming national newscast, News Nation, will be completely absent of bias and that it will bring on rhetoricians to ensure it. The reality of bias in TV news is much murkier to root out, stemming from the industry’s favoring of stories that are quick, easy and inexpensive to produce.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH SUSAN TULLY

TVN Executive Session | Nexstar Hews To Decentralized News Approach

Nexstar will launch a new national newscast this fall, drawing in part from its 110 news-producing stations, but individual stations will have the autonomy to chart their own news course, says Susan Tully, SVP of local content development.

DMA 82 & 145

Nexstar Appoints Two GMs In Texas

It promotes Mike Lee to VP-GM of its KWKT-KYLE Waco-Temple-Bryan, and chooses Mark Garcia to succeed Lee as leader of KMID Midland.

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Austin’s KXAN Investigations Are As Big As Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas. Even investigative journalism. Find out why KXAN Austin’s latest investigation involved almost two dozen people in news, digital, production and marketing, and how the station balances that content on TV and digital platforms across all the Nexstar stations in the Lone Star State.

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Nexstar Donates $20K To Help Families Of Virginia Beach Mass Shooting

Nexstar Announces Virtual 2020 Annual Stockholders Meeting

Nexstar Media Group said it will hold its 2020 annual meeting of stockholders in a virtual-only format due to public health concerns relating to COVID-19 and to protect the health and well-being of its stockholders, directors, employees and the public. As previously announced, the 2020 annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 3, at […]

Nexstar Lands Las Vegas Raiders Rights

The group’s stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco-Oakland, Salt Lake City, Honolulu, and Bakersfield, Calif., become the “Official Home of Raiders’ Football” in their markets.

Nexstar’s News Nation Begins Hiring Correspondents For September Launch

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Nexstar Televises Meeting With N.Y. Reps On Fed Response

ChyronHego, TV Groups Offer Detailed Virus Data

The data being sourced locally by Nexstar, Sinclair and Quincy Media journalists supports more accurate and timely community-focused reporting.

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WTTV-WXIN Indianapolis Help Raise $219,000 For Food Pantries

DMA 27: RALEIGH, NC

John Lewis Upped To VP-GM At WNCN

The veteran broadcasting executive with 30 years of experience is promoted by Nexstar to Lead its Raleigh, N.C., CBS affiliate.

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Nexstar Hosting Live Coronavirus Special Across 9 Stations

DMA 73: SPRINGFIELD, MO

Mike Spruill Named GM Of KRBK-KOZL

Nexstar chooses the veteran broadcasting executive with more than 30 years of sales experience to lead its Fox-MNT duopoly in Springfield, Mo., following the retirement of Leo Henning.

DMA 20: SACRAMENTO, CA

Scot Chastain Appointed VP-GM Of KTXL

Nexstar moves the veteran television and marketing executive from Lansing, Mich., to lead its Fox affiliate in Sacramento, Calif.