Corporate synergy is coming to NewsNation as the Nexstar-owned cable channel is set to launch a new afternoon show called The Hill — based on the same name of the company’s digital political outlet.
The Hill will air at 5:00 PM ET and anchor Leland Vittert will be joined by what is described as “a high-profile guest and four panelists”. Former NBC Meet the Press Executive Producer Rob Yarin will work in the same capacity for The Hill. Vittert — who will move to Washington D.C. — will continue to anchor his current program, On Balance for NewsNation.
Regular contributors to the new program will include NewsNation Political Editor Chris Stirewalt, political analyst George Will, and associate editor of TheHill.com Niall Stanage, among others.
“As the nation awaits another presidential election, we are incredibly proud to debut a new program that will spotlight the top news headlines coming out of Washington,” said NewsNation Vice President of News and Managing Editor Cherie Grzech.
“Engaging in powerful discussions with top politicians, thought leaders, and policy makers will enable us to inform and educate our viewers about the key issues that impact communities across America.”
Nexstar bought TheHill.com in August 2021 for $130 million. The addition of The Hill — which will debut in April — to the cable channel will replace an airing of Blue Bloods, the syndicated CBS police drama.
It is the latest in a series of moves to help bolster the fledgling network. Earlier this year, NewsNation announced Elizabeth Vargas will also join the network to host a daily program at 6:00 PM entitled Elizabeth Vargas Reports.
Anderson Cooper: CNN Doesn’t Have Obsession with Donald Trump
Anderson Cooper pushed back at Howard Stern’s claim, stating that CNN has focused on various other news stories and not on anything Trump-related
CNN’s Anderson Cooper came to the network’s defense during an interview with Howard Stern. The radio host noted that news outlets such as CNN are obsessed with former President Donald Trump.
“It seems to me that Trump not only has changed our world but he’s changed the entire news business,” Stern said.
“It’s almost like we’re so addicted to hearing about him that if you don’t do a Trump story on your show, people aren’t that interested. You just want to hear, ‘Is Trump in trouble?’ It’s like an obsession throughout the country.”
Cooper pushed back at Stern’s claim, stating that CNN has focused on various other news stories and not on anything Trump-related, despite the former commander-in-chief announcing his bid for president in 2024 last year.
“I would argue in the last, you know, couple of years when he wasn’t running for president, he wasn’t the focus [at CNN],” Cooper told Stern.
“We weren’t covering him as much, if at all, once he left office. And frankly, our Ukraine war coverage, I mean, I left, you know after my second son was born, I left a week later to go to Ukraine for, you know, I don’t know, two or three weeks or something.”
ABC News Elevates Deborah Roberts to Permanent 20/20 Co-Anchor
Roberts will continue as senior national affairs correspondent for the network while also taking on a new role at 20/20.
David Muir will have a new co-anchor for 20/20 as ABC News announced that Deborah Roberts has been promoted to the more permanent co-anchor position.
“Deborah has been reporting for 20/20 since 1995, covering everything from profiles of political figures to the most shocking crime cases gripping the nation,” ABC News president Kim Godwin said in a press release.
“She is a skilled investigative journalist, oftentimes trekking across the country to conduct hard-hitting interviews providing viewers with relevant, insightful information. Deborah is an empathetic reporter, bringing humanity to every story.
Roberts permanently takes over for Amy Robach, who was let go due to a public romantic relationship with T.J. Holmes. Roberts will continue as senior national affairs correspondent for the network while also taking on a new role at 20/20.
Since 1995, Roberts has reported on 20/20 and earned Emmys for her coverage of international and national world events.
Kasie Hunt Will Host a Weekday Show on CNN International
The show focuses on breaking news, driving essential conversations, and seeking to cut through partisan noise.
Kasie Hunt will appear more often on viewers’ television screens as she will anchor State of the Race on CNN International, which returns to the network’s schedule on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET.
State of the Race is a weekday show that runs for an hour and delivers a daily update on the status of the upcoming 2024 US presidential election. The show focuses on breaking news, driving essential conversations, and seeking to cut through partisan noise.
“Our mission here is to go into the heart of the stories shaping the election by connecting our viewers with the sharpest analysts, the most connected pollsters and campaign insiders, and the big names making the news,” Hunt said.
“I’m excited to help viewers better understand the unique aspects of the U.S. political system, including all those caucuses, primaries, conventions, and other quirks impacting the race. Most importantly, we’ll lay out what matters and why for audiences across America and around the world.”
Hunt is set to host another show on CNN, marking her second appearance as a host on the network. She has the hosting duties for CNN U.S.’ early morning news show, Early Start, which, according to Variety, will receive a new name in the future.
Hunt joined CNN from NBC News in August 2021, and before arriving at the network, she served as NBC News’ Capitol Hill correspondent and host of MSNBC’s weekday 5 a.m. hour Way Too Early.