The Newsroom

NewsNation-new national 3hr primetime newscast-WGN America

Scheduled debut Sept 1 from WGN Chicago

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Mouseboy33
In addition to their new set pictures. Nextstar plans to drop ABC News affiliation and use their own in house national news operation NewsNation as the audio component for WGN Radio in the Greater Chicagoland Region. Makes sense to use NewsNation as the branded news provider, even just from a marketing perspective.

From media reporter Robert Feder:
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Ryan Burrow, Chicago-based ABC News Radio correspondent and reporter for WGN 720-AM, has been named news director of the Nexstar Media Group news/talk station. Burrow’s promotion comes as WGN plans to drop its affiliation with ABC News Radio and end its shared talent agreement. The Chicago native and graduate of Valparaiso University and DePaul University previously was a news anchor and reporter at Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890. Starting in September, WGN will serve as the audio news hub of “News Nation,” the national news operation being launched by Nexstar Media Group at WGN America cable network. Two more reporters are expected to be hired as WGN rebrands its radio newsroom with the startup .
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In addition to their new set pictures. Nextstar plans to drop ABC News affiliation and use their own in house national news operation NewsNation as the audio component for WGN Radio in the Greater Chicagoland Region. Makes sense to use NewsNation as the branded news provider, even just from a marketing perspective.

From media reporter Robert Feder:
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Ryan Burrow, Chicago-based ABC News Radio correspondent and reporter for WGN 720-AM, has been named news director of the Nexstar Media Group news/talk station. Burrow’s promotion comes as WGN plans to drop its affiliation with ABC News Radio and end its shared talent agreement. The Chicago native and graduate of Valparaiso University and DePaul University previously was a news anchor and reporter at Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890. Starting in September, WGN will serve as the audio news hub of “News Nation,” the national news operation being launched by Nexstar Media Group at WGN America cable network. Two more reporters are expected to be hired as WGN rebrands its radio newsroom with the startup .


It'll have to be good enough to replace the high quality ABC News content Nexstar currently use on their local stations.

I take it Nexstar can still use ABC News content on their ABC affiliates as part of the franchise contract?
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Mouseboy33
This only affects ABC News Radio. And regarding radio, I believe Nexstar only owns WGN Radio, its by far the largest, if not their only radio asset. Their tv and radio affiliation deals are completely separate. Nextstar is the largest station group owner so Im certain ABC doesnt want to screw around with that. According their own map, its shows 32 of their stations are affiliated with ABC. FYI WGN-TV Chicago is independent and not affiliated with any network.

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Slightly off topic but yesterday Nexstar exercised its option to repurchase WPIX in New York from Scripps, which was holding it pending regulatory approval. Since the federal government and FCC are AWOL, it looks like Nexstar got away with letting a holding company it controls own WPIX.

I imagine WPIX's staff will be useful as an NYC base for NewsNation.
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Mouseboy33
It also seems as though Nextstar will require all their stations that are reporting for the NewsNation broadcast are to swap out their local mic flags to a branded NewsNation mic flag. I wonder if they mandated a reporter sign off..... "I'm Lisa Polster News4Buffalo for NewsNation". Or will they strip out the local station branding? I'd imagine they want to keep their local stations on side so maybe it will be the station call letters and city. So it might be a something like "In Niagara Falls, NY, I'm Lisa Polster; WIVB Buffalo for NewsNation". Bit of a mouthful though.



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So the lighting tests are done and the sets were cleaned now 1 month of rehearsals and mock newscasts begin.



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The upstairs news room set and interview area looks great. And the texture lighting on the floor looks great. Thankfully Nextstar spent the extra money to have it lit nicely. No sense in spending loads of money on a great set just to have an amatuer/in-house team blast in white cold light.

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Long curved video wall in the newsroom set behind the digital news desk. Amazing overhead shot of the Chicago Loop/River with the Sears Tower featured. Touchscreen off to the right.
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This is the digital desk. This will be used when breaking news happens and they are not using the large main studio downstairs. Additionally it was noted that the position at the desk that is directly behind the photographer, allows for full control. That touchscreen at the desk allows the user to fully operate the digital (online) broadcast at any time. So they can go live in minutes. So it can control the lights, the cameras, on screen graphics, videos, live shots...they say virtually anything needed to broadcast live all controlled by one person. That will be interesting.
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Another view of the digital desk. The control position is at the back of the desk on the left. You can see the white touchscreen poking up.
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Jamesypoo Anglia (East) Look East
The upstairs news room set and interview area looks great. And the texture lighting on the floor looks great. Thankfully Nextstar spent the extra money to have it lit nicely. No sense in spending loads of money on a great set just to have an amatuer/in-house team blast in white cold light.

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What's with the basketball court pattern on the floor?
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all new Phil Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
It looks a horrible cluttered mess.
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
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BBI45 Central (East) East Midlands Today
I quite like the look of it.
My birthday is coming up soon... and I'm spending it managing a department store...
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Mouseboy33
Video tour of the new NewsNation newsroom as the staff move in. Loving those huge widescreen monitors. That looks brill and keeps the desk clutter to minimum.



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The theme music for NewsNation - Listen to snips from news theme composer Stephen Arnold
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