WGN America has set the anchor staff for the nightly three-hour newscast that’s coming to the primetime lineup of Nexstar Media Group’s cable community as of Sept. 1.
WGN America is about for a radical primetime makeover from a give attention to scripted leisure sequence to 3 hours of a nationally targeted information. “Information Nation” has been billed as a conventional just-the-facts newscast that can be fueled by the information sources of 110 Nexstar TV newsrooms across the nation. Nexstar has employed about 130 extra journalists to supply the “Information Nation” block that may originate from WGN-TV in Chicago.
The first Monday-Friday anchor duo can be Joe Donlon, a WGN Chicago veteran, and Marni Hughes, who indicators on after an eight-year run as a night information anchor at Fox affiliate KCPQ-TV Seattle. ABC Information and WABC-TV Big apple alum Rob Nelson will function breaking information anchor. Albert Ramon, previously of KVUE-TV Austin, Texas, has been named chief meteorologist.
The weekend anchor staff is Rudabeh Shahbazi, previously of CBS affiliate WFOR-TV Miami, and Nichole Berlie, from Boston’s WCVB. “Information Nation” additionally has named regional correspondents in New York (Tom Negovan), Los Angeles (Nancy Lavatory), Dallas (Markie Martin) and Miami (Brian Entin).
“Information Nation” marks the primary overhaul of WGN America since Nexstar acquired its guardian firm Tribune Media in September 2019. The transfer to primetime information marks a giant wager that Nexstar can leverage the attain and sources of its almost 200 TV stations across the nation. WGN America in recent times has served up low-cost drama imports and bought programming. “Information Nation” is a bid to counter the entire opinion and personality-driven programming on CNN, Fox Information and MSNBC in primetime with a newscast that blends breaking information headlines with human curiosity, how-to and native coloration segments drawn from native markets.
“We’re including greater than 130 ‘Information Nation’ employees members to the 5,400 Nexstar journalists already reporting from native communities throughout the U.S.,” stated Jennifer Lyons, who’s spearheading the trouble as WGN America’s VP of stories. “We have now assembled extraordinary groups each in entrance of and behind the cameras… I feel you’re going to be taught a lot about our nation via them.”
Nexstar president-CEO Perry Sook bolstered the corporate’s pledge to ship an simple newscast with out partisan leanings.
“We have now a chance, a mission, and the sources nationwide to convey Individuals breaking information tales and reside protection delivered by reporters who know the area people and may present unbiased protection of occasions from coast to coast and deep within the heartland,” Sook stated. “We can be presenting information in a approach that is freed from any specific viewpoint as we debut ‘Information Nation’ on September 1 and we’re assured that there are extra Individuals than ever who’re looking for simply that.”
(Pictured: Joe Donlon, Rob Nelson and Marni Hughes)