The move is designed to reflect the Nexstar station’s expanded geographic coverage with added local news focus in Maryland and Northern Virginia and a new web portal.
Beginning July 1, when its NBC affiliation goes away, Nexstar-owned WHAG Hagerstown, Md., will boost its coverage to more than 50 hours weekly of locally-produced news, lifestyle, weather, sports and community programming in full high-definition. The expansion increases local coverage in Maryland and Northern Virginia while bringing West Virginia viewers the only available state-wide local news programming.
After more than four decades together, Nexstar’s WHAG Hagerstown, MD, and NBC will part. Details of the break have not been made public, but Lauren Skowronski, NBC VP of corporate communications, said in a one-sentence email Thursday: “I can confirm that the affiliation is ending this summer.”
Nexstar has received a waiver from the FCC that allows its NBC affiliate WHAG Hagerstown, Md., to avoid making political ad-spending information available online starting Thursday. The FCC agreed with Nexstar’s arguement that while the station is considered part of the Washington market, it should be considered a small-market station for purposes of the new FCC rule. The waiver exempts WHAG until 2014.