Staying informed – has it ever been more imperative than now to understand what’s happening across the country (and globally) on any given night? And with many 24-hour news organizations dedicating time and resources to opinion-leaning shows (the ratings don’t lie!) that can become echo chambers for loyal viewers, there’s room in the crowded playing field for journalist-driven programming. Enter in NewsNation.
Starting Monday, March 1, the Nexstar-owned cable network WGN America has a new look and a new name. At launch, viewers can expect five hours of “fact-based and unbiased” news programming every weeknight that utilizes Nexstar’s expansive roster of reporters stationed at local news outlets throughout the U.S.
“Rebranding WGN America as NewsNation underscores the network’s clearly defined mission of delivering fact-based and unbiased news, while making it easier for viewers to find this new informative source for news,” Sean Compton, Nexstar’s division president, said in a statement.
“At the same time, expanding our news programming to five hours Monday through Friday will extend the network’s reach and the depth of its news content across more weeknight time periods, delivering viewers more national news and regional stories from across the U.S., as well as coverage of the day’s most important issues.”
Here’s what to expect from NewsNation’s five-hour block of news:
NewsNation Prime at 8 pm ET
Based out of Chicago, this primetime newscast has been up and running since September, originally delivering a three-hour block (shortened to two hours starting Monday) of the country’s biggest stories.
NewsNation Early Edition with Nichole Berlie at 6 pm ET
Former weekend anchor of the station’s flagship newscast, Nichole Berlie kicks off the channel’s news block with an hour-long “rapid-fire” summary of the day’s important happenings.
The Donlon Report at 7 pm ET
After spending the last few months as the face of NewsNation’s primetime newscast, Joe Donlon now anchors his own hour-long program that will feature interviews with experts from the realms of sports, entertainment, and news who can provide context and analysis around trending topics in the news cycle.
Banfield at 10 pm ET
Hosted by former MSNBC and CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield from her home in Connecticut, this hour-long interview show looks to pay homage to the format perfected by CNN’s Larry King. Early guests will include Aaron Sorkin, Bryan Cranston, Robin Wright and Keith Olbermann.
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