WGN America rebranded as NewsNation last year, with its goal being to deliver fact-based and unbiased news. Now over 12 months since this venture went live, Sean Compton, president of the Nexstar Media Group network’s division, spoke with TV Newser about the network’s growth.
The marquee names that NewsNation has for their programming are Ashleigh Banfield and Dan Abrams. Compton spoke about how pleased he is regarding the development of their two shows.
“Very happy. We are going to market them significantly in the coming weeks. In fact, the billboards went up this week across the country, and we have a lot of other marketing going out. We are very proud of the shows, so now we want people to come find them,” Compton said.
One of the following steps for NewsNation in their growth is reaching that 24/7 news channel goal, where CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News are currently. Compton stated that it’s the goal to be at that level, and sometimes building a network is one hour at a time.
“We definitely plan on getting there. We are building the network, sometimes an hour at a time, sometimes multiple hours at a time. We started in 2020 with 21 hours live. We started this year with 49 hours live in January, and here we are at the end of first quarter with 56 live hours per week,” Compton said.
“There is not an exact date on it because each day we find something that occurs like a war, and we added that 11 o’clock hour and we are now not turning back from that. You pivot when things like that happen, and you see opportunities. We will get to 24 hours. We will make that ultimate leap here in the near future, I would say.”
CNN Adds Barak Ravid as Political and Foreign Policy Analyst
Ravid has covered the Middle East for the last 18 years, mostly focusing on Israel’s foreign policy and relations, and how the United States has influenced its strategy in the region
CNN has announced the addition of Barak Ravid as a political and foreign policy analyst.
Currently, Ravid serves as a politics reporter and Middle East expert for Axios. He also writes for Walla News in Israel.
Ravid has covered the Middle East for the last 18 years, mostly focusing on Israel’s foreign policy and relations, and how the United States has influenced its strategy in the region. He worked in Tel-Aviv before shifting to being basked in Washington, D.C.
In 2021, Ravid released his first book, “Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords and the Reshaping of the Middle East”. The book — which was written in Hebrew — details the historic peace deals between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.
A former Israeli soldier, Ravid will continue to be based in Washington, D.C. in his new role with CNN.
Jake Tapper: ‘My Faith Only Guides My Journalism’
“I know what it’s like to be a religious minority so I apply that across the board.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper is one of the country’s most high-profile Jewish anchors and recently spoke with colleague Oliver Darcy for a lengthy interview.
Among the topics was the rise of antisemitism across the globe, and Darcy asked whether Tapper has seen a spike in bigoted attacks toward him. The CNN host notes what it’s like to be a religious minority and applies it to the way he covers the news.
“My faith only guides my journalism in the sense that I know what it’s like to be a religious minority so I apply that across the board to Muslims, Mormons, Catholics, and to everyone else,” Tapper told Darcy. “I don’t assume that because someone is of one particular faith that they have certain views.
“That’s about it. I see the war as a journalist and as a human. I want the human suffering to end now. And I would prefer a world where all peoples can live with democracy and self-determination.
“This is a time where antisemitism is without a doubt on the rise and I’ve certainly seen an uptick online, but ugly words are just that: words. It’s nothing compared to what the people in Israel and Gaza and the West Bank are currently going through.”
Jake Tapper was recently in the news regarding his Jewish faith after radio host Mark Levin called media figures like Wolf Blitzer, Tapper, and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell “self-hating Jews”. In response, both CNN and the White House condemned the comments from Levin.
Benjamin Hall: The Last Time I Was in Ukraine, I Was Barely Alive
Benjamin Hall, a correspondent who was seriously injured while covering the war between Ukraine and Russia, returned to Ukraine after 20 months. He was accompanied by the Executive Chairman and CEO of FOX Corp., Lachlan Murdoch.
During the trip, Hall had an exclusive conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, discussing the progress made in the conflict and the country’s current relationship with the United States.
“Last time I got onto this train, I was barely alive. I was badly injured, but we made it out the other side. And today is the day that we are going back,” Hall said on Fox News.
Hall asked Zelenskyy if he had a message for the family of the two people who were killed on the day that Hall was critically wounded.
“I wanted to say my condolences to all the parents, relatives of those very brave guys, men, and women who lost their lives because they wanted to help Ukraine to be alive,” Zelenskyy said.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.