WGN America rebrand to News nation March 1 (1 Viewer)

SamCdbs

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"What the USA really needs is another all-news channel that claims to be 'objective'". - - said by nobody never.

It seems Nexstar just got WGN-A along with all the local stations when it bought Tribune and really doesn't know what to do with it. The days of the "general rerun" channel seem numbered, due to many factors: similar programming available on streaming, similar programming available for free on diginets, and the simple fact that most everybody who wants to watch 20 year old reruns probably did so already. But yet another all news outlet from Big Media? Pass.

Ironically, Nexstar stations are often at the bottom of the ratings for their local news programs. That is the situation in my market, and in most others I am familiar with.
 

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Honestly I like NewsNation and I do hope they succeed. I've found myself watching it in the evenings, and set a recording to keep the most recent episode.

The problem with TV news is that it is almost all laced with opinion. I just want an hour long newscast with headlines, updates on major stories, check-ins on weather and sports, and political reporting that is straightforward without a ton of opinions I don't care about. A step above what HLN used to be, but a couple steps below the opinion junk that fills cable news today. Think of a decently produced local newscast on a national scale.

For those who remember... NewsNation reminds me of the All News Channel but with much better production values (that was a Hubbard product that I believe became ReelzChannel years ago). I also liked ANC back in the day.

I do wish them the best and hope there doesn't start to get "opinion creep" and that it truely can stay fairly close to the middle.
 

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Since we have Nextstar stations in Albuquerque's TV market.

I wonder if plan to put News Nation on Nextstar's stations on its subchannels fulltime.

If so that will be since we got KASY-DT and might just drop My Network TV, replaced with News Nation full time.

Can that be done this way? :hatsoff
 

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The problem with TV news is that it is almost all laced with opinion. I just want an hour long newscast with headlines, updates on major stories, check-ins on weather and sports, and political reporting that is straightforward without a ton of opinions I don't care about.
I agree. I just want the news reported. I'm smart enought to form my own opinion. But all we seem to get is spin these days. 24/7 news agencies that want to be first to report dirt without any fact checking. That's why I no longer tune in. I typically go to newsola.com for my updates. It's easy to spot the spin and opinion pieces and ignore them. I'm afraid that for the most part journalism is dead in America. There are some exceptions but they are few and far between.
 

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I agree. I just want the news reported. I'm smart enought to form my own opinion. But all we seem to get is spin these days. 24/7 news agencies that want to be first to report dirt without any fact checking. That's why I no longer tune in. I typically go to newsola.com for my updates. It's easy to spot the spin and opinion pieces and ignore them. I'm afraid that for the most part journalism is dead in America. There are some exceptions but they are few and far between.

I don’t spend much time with news channels either, for pretty much the same reasons you give. I read the news because most of the articles, even opinion pieces more often than not provide source links. Sometimes those links lead you down the rabbit hole, but not always and it is easy to figure out when they do.
 
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The days of the "Superstation" on cable TV are long gone...channels like WOR-TV 9 (now WWOR-TV 9) of New York City, WTBS 17 (now WPCH-TV 17) of Atlanta, and now WGN 9 of Chicago are no longer staples of cable TV lineups (thanks to cordcutters/cordnevers, cable TV is a dying form of entertainment, since people are using streaming services and are back to using TV antennas to find their local programs).
 

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I think what helped kill off the Superstaton is that they all played the same programming as a bunch of other channels. One only has to flip a few channels before they're shown the same show on a different channel. Like someone mentioned about Blue Bloods, Law and Order seems to be another show that's overplayed on every channel.
 
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SamCdbs

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The "superstations" existed because they exploited a loophole in the FCC regs and the law at the time. They were legally just a broadcast station and a cable company carrying them was no different than a cable company that pulled in a broadcast station from another town. The catch was they were not entitled to be paid for the signal, and had to live on ad revenue alone.
Eventually the system caught up with them and they all converted to being regular cable channels. Such as WTBS becomes TBS and WGN becomes WGN America.

What we are seeing now is the death of the "general rerun" channel. All have about the same formula. Off-network reruns, with an occasional "original" series. The same reruns over and over and over and over.

With the networks producing less and less filmed shows, the stream is drying up. Plus streaming can provide (commercial free and on demand) similar or better fare, while the diginets are 99% the same M-O, off-network reruns, albeit generally a little older, and the diginets are free.

I think the next 5-8 year will see plenty of attempts to convert these types of channels into other things (personally I think News Nation is a stupid idea), merge these channels, or simply put them on auto pilot without any attempt at being relevant. Several will shut down.
 
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