NBC Nightside

NBC Nightside (also known as NBC News Nightside) is an American overnight news broadcasting program on NBC, that aired from 1991 to 1998. The program was produced in three half-hour segments. It usually aired live seven nights a week, in a varying time slot (immediately following either Later, Friday Night Videos or Saturday Night Live, depending on the day of the week), and looped until NBC News at Sunrise (on weekdays) aired the next morning.

NBC Nightside
Presented byCampbell Brown
Tom Donovan
Bruce Hall
Sara James
Kim Hindrew
Antonio Mora
Tom Miller
Tonya Strong
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
Production locationsNBC News Channel, Charlotte, North Carolina
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time1 hour, 30 minutes (live, followed by rebroadcast)
Production companyNBC News Productions
Original networkNBC
Original releaseNovember 4, 1991 (1991-11-04) –
September 20, 1998 (1998-09-20)
Related showsNBC News Overnight (1982–1983)


The program premiered on November 4, 1991, and was NBC's second attempt at a late night news program after NBC News Overnight, which ran for seventeen months from 1982 to 1983.[1]

Nightside differed from its two competitors – CBS' Up to the Minute and ABC's World News Now, which are both based in New York City – in that rather than being broadcast from the headquarters of NBC News itself in New York, it was instead based out of the Charlotte, North Carolina facilities of NBC News,[1] the network's newsfeed service providing customized reports and video of national news to NBC's owned-and-operated station and network affiliate, and which was based in studios connected to those of Charlotte's NBC affiliate WCNC-TV (channel 36). Also unlike the other network overnight newscasts, which run only on Monday through Fridays, NBC Nightside ran in the early morning hours on all seven days of the week.

Some of Nightside's many anchors went on to national success including Antonio Mora and Campbell Brown. Former NBC News president Steve Capus once served as a senior producer for the program.

Despite financial profitability of the show and decent ratings, it was canceled by the network in 1998 and aired its last telecast on September 20 of that year, with NBC filling the overnight timeslot beginning two days later with NBC All Night, a block consisting of repeats of the network's late night and daytime talk shows. Most NBC stations today run either paid programming, Early Today or local morning newscasts in the former NBC Nightside slot. The network has not had a late night newscast since Nightside's cancellation.

Several television stations across the United States adopted the "Nightside" branding for their 10/11 p.m. newscasts, starting in the 1990s. WTSP in St. Petersburg, Florida still uses the 10 News Nightside branding for its late night broadcasts.


The program's anchors included:


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