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.
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.
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.
He joins Nexstar from CBS Evening News, where for the last year he contributed to the Washington launch of CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell as lead Washington writer, focusing on the broadcast’s coverage of politics.
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.
Veteran anchor Ashleigh Banfield will helm an eponymous new primetime interview show for Nexstar’s WGN America in March. Her value proposition: offering an in-depth, quieter retreat from the ideological echo chambers elsewhere on cable news. “Eventually, you need a cleanse,” she says. 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.
Veteran marketing executive Jonathan Killian joins the Nexstar cable network to lead creative and brand strategy.
Nexstar Media Group’s cable network WGN America has reached a multi-year comprehensive agreement with Vidgo, and will be carried by the live TV streaming platform beginning on Jan. 15. In the last two months, Nexstar has reached five agreements with subscription-based streaming services for the distribution of WGN America, expanding the network’s reach by 8.5 […]
She will host Banfield, an hour-long news/talk show, weeknights at 10 p.m. ET beginning March 1 on Nexstar’s cable network.
Hulu+ Live TV to launch the Nexstar cable network in January. The agreement adds more than 4 million new streaming subscribers to WGN America’s reach.
Nexstar Media Group’s wholly-owned cable network, WGN America, has reached a new multi-year comprehensive agreement with FuboTV to be carried by the live TV streaming platform beginning in mid-January. Today’s announcement marks Nexstar’s second agreement with a subscription-based streaming service reached this month. Financial terms were not disclosed. The agreement enables WGN America to expand […]
The new agreement makes Nexstar’s cable network available to more than 3 million new streaming subscribers in 2021.
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.
Perry Sook, Nexstar Media Group’s chairman and president, says the company is dedicating the equivalent of $120 million this year to promote its national newscast, News Nation. How will that money be spent? What media is being used? And what will the creative be?
Nexstar’s primetime national newscast launches Sept. 1. Anchors Joe Donlon and Marni Hughes, breaking news anchor Rob Nelson and meteorologist Albert Ramon will be drawing from Nexstar’s team of 5,400 journalists in 110 newsrooms across the U.S.
The coronavirus pandemic threatens to delay the launch of two ambitious new Chicago-based television news operations in the coming months. CBS-owned WBBM had announced plans to roll out CBSN Local, a 24/7 streaming news service, by the end of March. But in light of everything else going on, Officials said Monday they don’t know when the service will start. Questions also surround the launch of a live daily national newscast on WGN America, the Chicago-based cable network owned by Nexstar Media Group.
The live, daily three-hour primetime News Nation will draw on the experience and in-market expertise of Nexstar’s 5,400 local journalists and 110 newsrooms across the country. Leading the effort is Jennifer Lyons as VP news of WGN America.
Applicaster today announced it has partnered with Nexstar-owned WGN America to build the media organization’s first mobile experience. WGN America is the flagship entertainment network of Nexstar Media Group and is nationally distributed across 75 million homes historically via cable, satellite and telecommunications. The new WGN America app was developed using Applicaster’s SaaS app management […]
Brian Dollenmayer, EVP of marketing and promotions for WGN America, has taken on expanded responsibilities and the title of EVP and chief marketing officer. In his new capacity, Dollenmayer will continue to spearhead all on-and off-air marketing efforts for the network and Tribune Studios, including all creative executions, on-air promotion and oversight of digital, social […]
The president-GM of the cable network and Tribune Studios is leaving at the end of June. Gavin Harvey will serve as interim president of WGN America.
WGN America today promoted David Diederich to the new role of SVP, national ad sales. In his newly expanded role, Diederich will oversee national ad sales for the burgeoning network, with national sales account executives and vice presidents now reporting directly to him. Diederich, who is based in Los Angeles, will continue to report to […]
NEW YORK (AP) — WGN America’s drama “Underground” is set to premiere its second season on March 8, 2017, the network announced Tuesday. Set in a divided America on the brink of the Civil War, the 10-episode season will add to the cast Aisha Hinds playing abolitionist Harriet Tubman as its characters continue their underground […]