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Sat Aug 29, 2020, 01:45 AM

WGN America to launch 'News Nation' on Tuesday, aiming to transform the house that Bozo built into..

WGN America to launch ‘News Nation’ on Tuesday, aiming to transform the house that Bozo built into the next CNN

https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-wgn-america-news-nation-launch-20200828-evo54yyjzvbazc2g7dzlmjonua-story.html

WGN America, the erstwhile home to Bozo and Andy Griffith, is set to reinvent itself as a cable news network with the Tuesday launch of “News Nation,” a prime-time newscast that pledges to deliver unbiased reporting.

The mission is to take a bite out of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.

Delayed but not derailed by the pandemic, WGN America has assembled a 150-person newsroom and has been making dry runs for several weeks of its nightly three-hour newscasts from extensively remodeled Chicago studios.

Going live amid a health crisis, civil unrest and a polarizing presidential election means the pressure is on “News Nation” to hit the ground running.




I have a feeling that this will morph into Faux News-lite. Hopefully they can resist all the RW pressures and truly present all the facts all the time.

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Reply WGN America to launch 'News Nation' on Tuesday, aiming to transform the house that Bozo built into.. (Original post)
steve2470 Aug 2020 OP
roamer65 Aug 2020 #1
BigmanPigman Aug 2020 #2
JohnQFunk Aug 2020 #3
BGBD Aug 2020 #5
flamin lib Aug 2020 #4
Sherman A1 Aug 2020 #6
Klaralven Aug 2020 #7
KatyMan Aug 2020 #8

Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2020, 01:53 AM

1. If they do pure news, they may be able to pull it off.

If they start hiring pundits, they won’t.

Worth a shot, since WGN America wasn’t worth the money.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2020, 02:01 AM

2. Really!?

I have been hearing their ads and have been wondering if they are legit or another tRump TV propganda site.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2020, 02:10 AM

3. Wasn't WGN TV controlled by fascist-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group? Apparently Nexstar owns it now

I'm going to be very curious to see how "unbiased" they really are.

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Response to JohnQFunk (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 29, 2020, 02:34 AM

5. no

They were owned by Tribune. There was some kind of deal in place a few years ago for Tribune to sell to Sinclair, but something happened and they ended up in a lawsuit. After that Tribune merged with Nexstar.

If they are smart they will realize that the RW cable news market is saturated with the likes of Fox and OANN. You aren't going to take anything from those folks. Fox has all of the conservatives who haven't gone batshit enough to need to watch OANN for their fix. You can't really go nuttier than OANN to draw anyone either. Their best bet would be to fill the opening for a very non-RW news outlet. Just a station who's only goal is to nail republicans at every turn.

That station, despite what the RWers say, doesn't exist.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2020, 02:34 AM

4. Where will us cable cutters find it? nt

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2020, 06:27 AM

6. Interesting

But I will likely pass.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2020, 07:51 AM

7. Nexstar owns 197 TV stations. Their PAC contributes to both Democratic and Republican candidates

Like other big companies, they contribute mostly to incumbents on both sides of the aisle.

Lots of their stations are in smaller markets. Many of these would be in conservative areas, but some are in liberal areas, such as Hawaii.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2020, 08:01 AM

8. Funny, I saw "Bozo" and immediately thought

The article would be about Trump and Fox or OAN.

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