Press release | Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
NewsNation, the cable news and entertainment network wholly owned by Nexstar Media Inc. and serving 75 million U.S. homes, announced its latest expansion plans, adding 12 hours of live news programming per week by early June. Once the expansion is complete, the network’s weekly original programming will grow from 21 hours when it launched in September 2020 to a total of 61 hours of live news, analysis and discussion each week.
The programming expansion began in late February, when the network added an hour to its weekend newscast, “NEWSNATION PRIME,” which now airs 7-10 p.m. ET on Saturdays and Sundays. NewsNation’s live national late-night newscast, which debuted with the outbreak of war in Ukraine, will permanently join the network’s lineup weeknights from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET. The show will continue to be anchored by Marni Hughes and Leland Vittert and will feature the latest developments in the war and other breaking news, as well as in-depth reporting by some of Nexstar’s more than 5,500 reporters across the country. . In June, NewsNation’s national live morning news programming will increase to four hours each weekday. This expanded programming block will now begin at 6 a.m. ET, with “MORNING IN AMERICA” airing from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET.
“NewsNation is well on its way to becoming a 24/7 cable news network, and this latest expansion is a clear demonstration of our commitment to making that a reality,” said Sean Compton, President. from the networks division of Nexstar Media Inc. “The appetite for balanced and unbiased news has never been greater, especially in light of the war in Ukraine. Thanks to our incredible staff, we are able to provide continuous live coverage of the war zone and special programming regarding the latest developments in the region. As a result, more and more viewers rely on NewsNation for the kind of news, analysis and discussion they can’t get anywhere else.
Beginning Monday, March 28, “RUSH HOUR,” NewsNation’s early evening newscast hosted by Nichole Berlie, will run for one hour and air weeknights from 5-7 p.m. ET. Joe Donlon, who has anchored “THE DONLON REPORT” since the spring of 2021, has decided to leave NewsNation; its final show will be on Friday, March 25. Show staff will be redeployed to “RUSH HOUR” and other NewsNation shows.
“It has been an honor to hold this seat for the past year. Few people can host a national show like this, and I will always appreciate the opportunity. I learned more than I could have ever imagined. I want to thank the amazing team at ‘The Donlon Report’ for all their hard work. I have the utmost respect for what everyone at NewsNation is trying to accomplish, and wish my friends all the best moving forward.
NewsNation is a national cable news and entertainment network serving 75 million television homes across the United States. Formerly known as WGN America, the network is owned and operated by Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST). NewsNation is America’s source for unbiased news, where engaged citizens get information that represents the full range of perspectives across the country. The network draws on the local market, regional and national expertise of Nexstar’s 5,500 local journalists in 110 local newsrooms across the country. NewsNation is available on a variety of cable and satellite providers, streaming platforms, online and on the NewsNationNow app.