NewsNation launches two new weekday night programs on July 19
CHICAGO–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) –NewsNation, Nexstar Media Inc. wholly-owned cable network reaching 75 million U.S. television households, today announced two new programs premiering on July 19: ON BALANCE WITH LELAND VITTERT at 8 p.m. ET and NEWSNATION: RUSH HOUR with Nichole Berlie at 6 p.m. ET . ON BALANCE promises to be unpredictable, engaging, intelligent, stimulating and visually compelling, with Mr Vittert taking a critical look at some of the day’s hottest topics. Anchored by Ms. Berlie, RUSH HOUR is the new name of NEWSNATION EARLY EDITION, and it will be devoted to breaking news and harnessing the full power of Nexstar’s national network of 5,600 journalists.
“No one else has instant access to as many newsrooms as we have in the Nexstar family of stations,” said Michael Corn, president of News for NewsNation. “RUSH HOUR and ON BALANCE underscore our commitment to creating a one-of-a-kind news network that is independent, respects its viewers and remains committed to keeping them engaged, with just a little unpredictability for good measure. ”
Mr Vittert joined NewsNation in May as a presenter / correspondent and has covered national affairs and presented special reports for the network on a variety of critically important topics, including the recent Biden-Putin summit in Geneva, in Swiss. His June 2 interview with Dr Anthony Fauci on NewsNation generated exceptional buzz on social media platforms and mainstream media when Dr Fauci said his emails “… were really ripe to be taken out of their way. context”.
Mr. Vittert was a veteran Jerusalem-based foreign correspondent for Fox News and began his work in the Middle East by covering the events of the uprising in Egypt which has come to be known as the “Arab Spring”. In 2011, he was one of the few reporters to broadcast live from Tahrir Square in Cairo on the night Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak relinquished power.
Mr. Vittert then covered the revolution that followed in Libya, where he reported on Muammar Gaddafi’s counterattack against citizens. Before moving to Washington, DC, in 2014, Mr. Vittert spent a month in eastern Ukraine as Russian-backed militias took control of parts of the country. From 2015 to 2021, Mr. Vittert was the anchor of FNC American News Headquarters, a weekend afternoon television newscast.
“ON BALANCE will ask” why? “On the most pressing issues of the day without fear or favor,” Vittert said. “We also sometimes think that two opposing views can be true at the same time. We will always respect the intelligence of our viewers and promise them an intellectual, sometimes fun and suitably irreverent program with a balanced point of view.
Nichole Berlie joined NewsNation in September 2020 from WCVB-TV (ABC) in Boston, where she hosted their weekend news broadcasts. On March 1, 2021, she started hosting NEWSNATION EARLY EDITION WITH NICHOLE BERLIE.
“I am energized by the promise of this new lint-free, filler-free newscast,” Ms. Berlie said. “Our live capabilities and information resources across the country are unmatched by any other broadcaster. We’re ready to deliver the fastest, most action-packed hour of news on TV.
NewsNation is available weekday evenings from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, with call-back presentations until 3 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. On weekends, the network airs original TV news from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. (see here where you can watch or stream), followed by reminder presentations from Banfield. NewsNation is also available 24/7 on the NewsNationNow app and to NewsNationNow.com.
NewsNation is a national cable news and entertainment network that reaches 75 million television households in 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 of unbiased news, where engaged citizens get information that represents the full spectrum of perspectives across the country. It is the home of the only live national prime-time newscast, NEWSNATION PREMIUM WITH MARNI HUGHES, ROB NELSON AND ALBERT RAMON, as well as BANFIELD and THE DONLON REPORT. The network draws on the local market, regional and national expertise of Nexstar’s 5,600 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.
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) is a leading diversified media company leveraging localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional, digital and mobile media platforms. Its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, Nexstar Media Inc., is made up of three divisions: Broadcasting, Digital and Networking. The Broadcasting Division operates, schedules or provides sales and other services to 199 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 116 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the UHF discount from the FCC). The division’s portfolio includes the main subsidiaries of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. The digital division operates 120 local websites and 284 mobile apps delivering hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how to access content and creating new revenue opportunities for the company. The Networks Division operates Nation News, formerly WGN America, a national cable news and entertainment network reaching 75 million television homes, the Antenna TV multicast network and WGN Radio in Chicago. Nexstar also owns a 31.3% stake in TV Food Network, a leading cable asset. For more information, please visit www.nexstar.tv.