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NewsNation, Verizon Contract Ends Friday

Verizon serves several million customers along the east coast. Nexstar owns almost 200 local stations across the U.S.

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NewsNation is in danger of losing potentially millions of viewers by the end of the week.

Justin Baragona reported Wednesday in the Daily Beast that Verizon and Nexstar, which owns NewsNation, are still in talks about renewing a contract that is currently scheduled to end on Friday.

“Our contract with Nexstar ends on October 14, 2022 and your Fios TV package contains Nexstar channels,” Verizon said in a statement. “We are working hard to negotiate with them to reach a new agreement. However, Nexstar has proposed charging over 64% more for its programming. Verizon remains committed to making these channels available to our customers, but simply cannot agree to such unreasonable increases.”

According to Baragona, Verizon serves several million customers along the east coast. Nexstar owns almost 200 local stations across the U.S. In a statement from Nexstar spokesperson Gary Weitman, the company wants to act fairly in negotiations with Verizon.

“We have a long track record of negotiating fairly and avoiding service interruptions in our markets and we hope to reach agreement with Verizon FiOS. We don’t want the viewers in our local markets to miss any of this weekend’s college or NFL football games, or any of the other valuable programming we provide.” A Verizon spokesperson countered, saying Nexstar wants to charge too much.

“For nearly two decades, broadcasters like Nexstar have been charging cable and satellite providers—and their customers—unreasonably high fees to access local stations. Broadcasters often remove their channels from consumers until TV providers agree to pay more—even though the same channels are available for free over the air.”

NewsNation is the new TV home for former CNN host Chris Cuomo, who launched a new primetime show earlier this month.

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3 Comments

  1. Dawn D Novotny

    October 14, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Please save Newsnation. It’s the best and most trusted news.

  2. Don Dennison

    October 14, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    We want to keep NewsNation‼️

  3. Jim Anthony

    October 15, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Please save NewsNation. There growing primtime lineup is terriffic

    800-922-0204 number posted on Newsnation bar to call Verizon FIOS is a bogus number that doesn’t lead to easily express keeping NewsNation unless you have plenty of patience.

    Verizon 800-922-0204 ask to enter land phone number, then to enter cell number. Pressing options lead to inquiring about channel lineup. Then to call back during business hours or i could leave a text message.

    I left text message about importance of NEWSNATION and Verizon to work out a deal etc. I no longer like FOX and Verizon recently dropped One America News (OAN). I’m reaching point of dropping Verizon and just stream my news channel needs.

    Thank you
    Jim
    janthony@prodigy.net

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Guy Benson Announces New Contract With Fox News

Fox News viewers will be seeing a lot of contributor Guy Benson for the foreseeable future as he signed a new contract with the news outlet.

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Fox News viewers will be seeing a lot of contributor Guy Benson for the foreseeable future. On Twitter, Benson announced that he had signed a new contract with the news outlet to stay on the air.

Benson’s new contract will allow for him to work at Fox News for his 10th year entering 2023.

“Thrilled to announce that I’ve signed a new multi-year contract with @FoxNews, which will keep me at the network through the next election & beyond,” Benson said on Twitter. “I can’t believe 2023 will be my 10th year (!) on-air at Fox. Time flies when you’re having fun & working with great colleagues…

“I’m very grateful to everyone who helped make this deal happen — at Fox & @unitedtalent— and especially to our fantastic, loyal, passionate audience. Thank you for making us and keeping us, #1. Now, back to work.”

The news media isn’t seeing many sign extensions as most of the news coming out of the industry is the opposite as companies are going through with job cuts, like CNN, who has laid off many workers since Warner Bros. Discovery took over. Additionally, other news outlets could be looking to cut their staff as SiriusXM and others face this reality.

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Tucker Carlson to Host Docuseries About Biden Family on FOX Nation 

Carlson is hosting a new docuseries called “Biden Inc.” which debuts as a “Tucker Carlson Original” Wednesday on FOX Nation

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson is hosting a new docuseries called “Biden Inc.” which debuts as a “Tucker Carlson Original” Wednesday on FOX Nation. The series will examine, in detail, the Hunter Biden controversy. 

On Tuesday, Carlson joined “The Five” to discuss the new series.  He told co-host Greg Gutfeld, that he knows Hunter Biden well. 

“I always liked him; he was my neighbor and friend and had dinner with him a bunch,” said Carlson. “In the background, I knew, and I knew people that worked with him, that he was effectively selling access to his dad.” 

Carlson told the panel that he never thought about the consequences of Hunter Biden selling access to his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, because that’s what lobbyists in Washington, D.C. did.  

“I never really thought, wow, this is kind of a crime,” Carlson said. “I remember somebody who worked with him saying to me that Hunter was getting really, really close to doing something that you should not be doing because it’s criminal.” 

Carlson said the revelations about Hunter Biden’s laptop make this series essential viewing for anyone that wants to understand the story and its complexity. 

“The reason that we made this documentary was not to inform everybody that he was doing something wrong; it was to take a long form piece and explain it and show on the screen exactly how we know this,” he added. 

“Biden Inc.” debuts Wednesday on FOX Nation. To learn more about the streaming channel, click this link.

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CNN Calls Report Chris Licht Hired Extra Security After Layoffs ‘Completely Fabricated’

“Licht was mindful of how raw emotions were, and that a Jerry Maguire moment, or something worse, was not out of the question,” the report stated.

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Last week, CNN announced major cuts to its staff amid a reshuffling of the network under new CEO Chris Licht. Puck reported Licht hired extra security for his office following the layoffs, but CNN has pushed back on that reporting.

Puck claimed there is always security and guards at the offices of the news network, but “a heightened security presence” was present the day the layoffs were announced.

“Licht was mindful of how raw emotions were, and that a Jerry Maguire moment, or something worse, was not out of the question,” the report stated.

The Daily Mail went further in its reporting, saying “CNN CEO Chris Licht reportedly was forced to hire extra security to wait outside a conference room where he was working after gutting hundreds of the network’s staff in a recent round of layoffs.”

According to a statement given to Mediaite, CNN called the allegation “completely fabricated”.

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