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NewsNet is an American news-oriented free-to-air television network that is owned by NewsNet LLC. The network is structured to broadcast a tightly-formatted 30-minute newswheel 24 hours a day (with a 90-minute breakaway on weekend mornings), incorporating freshly-updated information that covers various areas of interest (such as national news, sports, entertainment, weather and business). Breaking news stories are updated constantly as they develop and new information becomes available.

NewsNet
TypeTerrestrial television network
Country
United States
AvailabilityNationwide, via terrestrial TV and OTT streaming
(estimated coverage [as of August 24, 2019], 26.99%)[1] and Worldwide
FoundedFebruary 28, 2018; 18 months ago (2018-02-28)
SloganMore news. More often.
HeadquartersCadillac, Michigan
ParentNewsNet LLC
Key people
  • Eric Wotila
  • (President/CEO, NewsNet LLC)
Launch date
January 1, 2019
Picture format
720p (HDTV, widescreen)
AffiliatesSee section
Official website
yournewsnet.com

In addition to being carried on digital subchannels of affiliated television stations, NewsNet also distributes its programming through a livestream that is available on its website (yournewsnet.com), as well as mobile apps in areas where it does not have a terrestrial TV affiliate. NewsNet's operations are based out of the studios of WMNN-LD on West 13th Street and 3rd Avenue in Cadillac, Michigan.

Background and historyEdit

On September 28, 2017, Eric Wotila – who founded low-powered all-news station WMNN-LD in Cadillac, Michigan, and oversaw the studio design and construction for News Channel Nebraska, a Norfolk, Nebraska-based quasi-state network of five low-powered stations that also maintained an all-news programming format – started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to fund the launch of a 24-hour national news channel – under the working title, the Local News Network (LNN) – intended for broadcast, online and mobile distribution.[2][3][4][5]

Citing favorable opinions from viewers about the "straight-to-the-facts, no-nonsense and commentary-free" coverage provided by WMNN-LD, the Local News Network proposed to offer a news wheel format (similar in structure to the 1982–2005 format of HLN, and the formats of defunct all-news networks such as All News Channel and Satellite News Channel) that would eschew the often-politically focused panel discussion programs that have populated the afternoon, nighttime and weekend schedules of cable news channels (particularly CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel) since the early 2000s. The project called for LNN to be based out of WMNN's Cadillac studio facility, with the hope of eventually opening bureaus elsewhere around the United States. The project failed to reach its funding goal of $100,000 needed to develop LNN – which would have been used to pay for equipment and staffing necessary to handle the national broadcasts – by the closure of the 50-day campaign on November 17, 2017, raising only $8,012 from 78 public backers. Wotilla subsequently sought to obtain backing from investors to fund the venture.[2][3][4][5]

On March 15, 2018, Wotilla and other partners involved in the Local News Network project announced the launch of NewsNet, which would maintain the concept originally developed prior to the commencement of the Kickstarter campaign.[6][7][8]

NewsNet was officially launched on January 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with the Evening Edition serving as the network's inaugural program. On May 8, 2019, ground was broken on new studios. The facility will consist of 3 studios, each with their own control rooms and a new, state-of-the-art master control room overseeing the operations of NewsNet, WMNN-LD and WXII-LP.[9]

ProgrammingEdit

The channel's programming is structured around a rolling news wheel format, providing up-to-date information on the top national and international stories in just 30 minutes. Each half-hour of the wheel format begins with a two-minute-long look at the leading headlines of the moment (with updated details provided when breaking news develops), followed by an eight-minute selection of additional headlines at 02 and 32 minutes past the hour. The remainder of the block features a national weather forecast summary (at 12 and 42 minutes past the hour), sports scores and headlines (at 17 and 47 minutes past the hour), "Health News," a segment focusing on the latest health headlines or “Living Well” (at 24 minutes past the hour) and "Around America," a segment focusing on stories centering around unique attractions and people around the United States (at 54 minutes past the hour).[10]

To comply with programming guidelines imposed by the Children's Television Act, NewsNet also carries a 90-minute block of educational children's programming on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Current programsEdit

Rolling news blocks
  • NewsNet Evening Edition (January 1, 2019–present)
  • NewsNet Midday Edition (January 2, 2019–present)
  • NewsNet Morning Edition (January 2, 2019–present)
  • NewsNet Nightside Edition (January 2, 2019–present)
E/I programming

On-air staffEdit

News anchorsEdit

  • Remington Hernandez
  • Vic McCarty (also Around America, Health News and Living Well segment reporter)
  • Charlie Tinker (also Around America segment reporter)

Weather teamEdit

  • Sandra Broggin – meteorologist
  • Morris Langworthy – chief meteorologist
  • Dylan Rodenbaugh – weather forecaster

Sports anchorsEdit

  • Bejoy Joseph (also the network's sports director)
  • Derek Tate

ReportersEdit

Aside from the one mentioned below, NewsNet also utilizes correspondents from CNN Newsource via an outsourcing agreement.

  • Derek Myers

Former on-air staffEdit

  • Jessica Mojonnier

AffiliatesEdit

As of September 2019, NewsNet has current and pending affiliation agreements with 43 television stations in 41 television markets encompassing 22 states, covering 26.99% of the United States.[1]

In addition to allowing affiliates to sell local advertising (offering four minutes of local commercial time per hour to prospective stations), NewsNet provides the option for its broadcast affiliates to pre-empt the "Health News", "Living Well" and "Around America" segments at the end of each half-hour to allow to carry a five-minute-long local headline "capsule", providing news and weather information focusing on the local viewing area. NewsNet also provides an optional turnkey local news production service for stations that do not maintain their own local news departments to produce local news capsule segments or full-length newscasts.[10][11][6][7][8]

Current affiliatesEdit

City of license/market Station Virtual
channel
[1]
Physical
channel
Primary
affiliation
(on main channel)
Owner
(Management Company)
Date of affiliation Notes

AlabamaEdit

Cusseta (Columbus, Georgia) WQMK-LD 18.3 18 Retro Television Network Ben Jordan Communications Corporation February 19, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Dothan WJJN-LD 49.3 49 Religious Wilson Broadcasting Company, Inc. TBA Launches on new subchannel
Florence (HuntsvilleDecatur) WXFL-LD 10.1 10 Benny Carle January 1, 2019 Replaced Youtoo America

CaliforniaEdit

Barstow (Los Angeles) K36JH-D 36.3 36 NASA TV Brent Gaddis February 14, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Cathedral City (Palm Springs) KAKZ-LD 4.4 4 Free Speech TV Tara Broadcasting LLC January 1, 2019 Replaced QVC
Los Angeles KFLA-LD 8.1 8 KFLA Television (Roy William Mayhugh) April 8, 2019 Replaced Corner Store TV, which moved to 8.3
Reedley (FresnoVisalia) KVBC-LP 13.9 26 MeTV Cocola Broadcasting
(operated by Ventura Broadcasting Company)
January 7, 2019 Replaced My Life TV
Ridgecrest (Bakersfield) KZGN-LD 21.2 42 Heartland Wiknich Broadcasting Corporation May 20, 2019 Replaced Classic Shows
Santa Cruz (San FranciscoOaklandSan Jose) KAAP-LD 24.7 11 Diya TV Major Market Broadcasting January 1, 2019 Launched on new subchannel

FloridaEdit

Orlando WSWF-LD 10.5 45 Rev'n Major Market Broadcasting January 22, 2019 Replaced Lifehacks DRTV
St. Augustine (Jacksonville) WQXT-CD 22.7 28 Retro Television Network A1A TV, Inc. January 10, 2019 Replaced The Walk TV
Vero Beach (West Palm BeachBoca RatonFort Pierce) WWCI-CD 10.1 10 HC2 Holdings May 20, 2019

GeorgiaEdit

Cumming (Atlanta) WLVO-LD 21.6 21 Diya TV United Media Network, LLC March 15, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Dalton (Chattanooga, Tennessee) WDNN-CD 49.3 49 Independent North Georgia Television January 1, 2019 Replaced Retro Television Network
Valdosta (Albany) WSWG 44.5 31 CBS Marquee Broadcasting TBA Launches on new subchannel

IllinoisEdit

Arlington Heights (Chicago) WRJK-LP 22.6 24 Diya TV Major Market Broadcasting January 1, 2019 Replaced Charge!

KansasEdit

Kansas City KCKS-LD 25.2 25 Buzzr Heartland Broadcasting, LLC January 1, 2019 Replaced Justice Network
Sublette (WichitaHutchinson) KDGL-LD 23.5 23 Cozi TV High Plains Broadcasting, LLC January 1, 2019 Replaced Retro Television Network
Topeka WROB-LD 25.2 26 Buzzr Heartland Broadcasting, LLC January 1, 2019 Replaced Justice Network
Wichita KCTU-LD 5.2 23 This TV (primary)/
AMGTV (secondary)
River City Broadcasters, Inc. January 1, 2019 Replaced Estrella TV

KentuckyEdit

Louisville W50CI-D 8.6 50 Buzzr Word Broadcasting Network, Inc.
(operated by South Central Communications)
January 1, 2019 Launched on new subchannel

LouisianaEdit

Baton Rouge WLFT-CD 30.3 30 MeTV Touch Family Broadcasting January 1, 2019 Replaced HSN

MichiganEdit

Detroit WHNE-LD 14.9 20 Light TV Tait Broadcasting LLC January 1, 2019

MississippiEdit

Holly Springs (Memphis, Tennessee) WBII-CD 20.4 20 Sonlife Broadcasting Network Mid-South Broadcasting January 11, 2019 Replaced Heartland

MissouriEdit

Joplin KJPX-LP 35.1 35 Gary and Deborah Kenny February 21, 2019 Replaced Retro Television Network

North CarolinaEdit

Lumberton (Myrtle BeachFlorence, South Carolina) WTNG-CD 33.11 14 The Family Channel Mercy's Bridge Media, LLC May 20, 2019 Replaced HSN
Manteo (NorfolkPortsmouthNewport NewsVirginia Beach, Virginia) W22EN-D 22.5 22 Classic Shows Lawrence F. Loesch January 31, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Tarboro (RaleighDurhamFayetteville) WNCR-LD 41.2 21 Youtoo America WNCR Media Group, Inc. April 28, 2019

New JerseyEdit

Middletown Township (New York, New York) WJLP 33.6 3 MeTV PMCM TV May 20, 2019 Launched on new subchannel

New YorkEdit

Buffalo WBXZ-LP 56.11 17 Cozi TV Steven D. Ritchie January 1, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Cobleskill (AlbanySchenectadyTroy) WYBN-LD 14.8 14 Buzzr Cable Ad Net New York January 9, 2019 Replaced The Action Channel
New York City WNWT-LD 37.1 3 PMCM TV May 1, 2019 Replaced BuenaVision
Utica WVVC-LD 40.6 33 Antenna TV Northeast Gospel Broadcasting, Inc. February 1, 2019 Launched on new subchannel

OhioEdit

Columbus WCSN-LD 32.8 26 Movies! Columbus TV, LLC March 7, 2019 Replaced Youtoo America

OregonEdit

Cottage Grove (Eugene) K18LR-D 36.1 18 South Lane Television, Inc. TBA

PennsylvaniaEdit

Pittsburgh WPTG-CD 69.4 49 This TV Fifth Street Enterprises, LLC TBA Launches on new subchannel
State College (JohnstownAltoona) WHVL-LP 29.3 27 MyNetworkTV Channel Communications TBA Launches on new subchannel

South CarolinaEdit

Beaufort (Savannah) WSCG-LD 14.11 14 Court TV Winemiller Television, LLC TBA Launches on new subchannel

TennesseeEdit

Nashville WJDE-LD 31.4 31 Heroes & Icons Word Broadcasting Network January 1, 2019 Replaced HSN

TexasEdit

Beaumont KUMY-LD 22.1 22 SETX Public Television Corporation May 20, 2019 Replaced Mexicanal
Houston KBPX-LD 46.12 46 NuestraVisión Word Broadcasting Network January 1, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
San Antonio KGMM-CD 24.1 36 CNZ Communications August 26, 2019

UtahEdit

Logan (Salt Lake City) KUTA-LD 8.3 8 Youtoo America Airwaves, Inc. March 4, 2019 Replaced local programming
Ogden (Salt Lake City) KQTI-LD 8.2 31 Youtoo America Airwaves, Inc. March 4, 2019 Replaced Biz TV

WashingtonEdit

Yakima KGFZ-LP 31.3 31 Ron Bevins TBA Launches on new subchannel

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Stations for Network – NewsNet". RabbitEars. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "LNN - A News Channel without Pundits, Panels or Shout Shows". Kickstarter. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Entrepreneur turns to Kickstarter to launch no-nonsense news channel". TVNewsInsider. September 29, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Phil Kurz (October 6, 2017). "Broadcast Entrepreneur Turns To Crowdfunding For New Effort". TVTechnology. Future plc. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "MI News 26 looks to launch Northern Michigan based national news station". Boyne City Gazette. Paine Press. September 29, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Phil Kurz (March 15, 2018). "New 24/7 News Channel To Make National Launch By Year-End". TVTechnology. Future plc. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Adam Jacobson (March 22, 2018). "Now Available For Local TV: A 24/7 News Channel". Radio-Television Business Report. Streamline-RBR, Inc. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Headline-Driven NewsNet Readies For Launch". Radio-Television Business Report. Streamline-RBR, Inc. October 5, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Staff, B&C. "NewsNet Breaks Ground on New Studios, Expanding Production Capabilities of America's Newest 24/7 News Channel". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  10. ^ a b Eric Wotila (October 2, 2018). "Learn More About Our Format". NewsNet. NewsNet, LLC. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "New 24/7 NewsNet Designed For TV Stations". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. March 20, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.

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