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.
|Type||Terrestrial television network|
|Availability||Nationwide, via terrestrial TV and OTT streaming|
(estimated coverage [as of August 24, 2019], 26.99%) and Worldwide
|Founded||February 28, 2018|
|Slogan||More news. More often.|
|January 1, 2019|
|720p (HDTV, widescreen)|
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.
- 1 Background and history
- 2 Programming
- 3 On-air staff
- 4 Affiliates
- 4.1 Current affiliates
- 4.1.1 Alabama
- 4.1.2 California
- 4.1.3 Florida
- 4.1.4 Georgia
- 4.1.5 Illinois
- 4.1.6 Kansas
- 4.1.7 Kentucky
- 4.1.8 Louisiana
- 4.1.9 Michigan
- 4.1.10 Mississippi
- 4.1.11 Missouri
- 4.1.12 North Carolina
- 4.1.13 New Jersey
- 4.1.14 New York
- 4.1.15 Ohio
- 4.1.16 Oregon
- 4.1.17 Pennsylvania
- 4.1.18 South Carolina
- 4.1.19 Tennessee
- 4.1.20 Texas
- 4.1.21 Utah
- 4.1.22 Washington
- 4.1 Current affiliates
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
- 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
- Remington Hernandez
- Vic McCarty (also Around America, Health News and Living Well segment reporter)
- Charlie Tinker (also Around America segment reporter)
- Sandra Broggin – meteorologist
- Morris Langworthy – chief meteorologist
- Dylan Rodenbaugh – weather forecaster
- Bejoy Joseph (also the network's sports director)
- Derek Tate
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
As of September 2019[update], 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.
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.
|City of license/market||Station||Virtual
(on main channel)
|Date of affiliation||Notes|
|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 (Huntsville–Decatur)||WXFL-LD||10.1||10||Benny Carle||January 1, 2019||Replaced Youtoo America|
|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 (Fresno–Visalia)||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 Francisco–Oakland–San Jose)||KAAP-LD||24.7||11||Diya TV||Major Market Broadcasting||January 1, 2019||Launched on new subchannel|
|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 Beach–Boca Raton–Fort Pierce)||WWCI-CD||10.1||10||HC2 Holdings||May 20, 2019|
|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|
|Arlington Heights (Chicago)||WRJK-LP||22.6||24||Diya TV||Major Market Broadcasting||January 1, 2019||Replaced Charge!|
|Kansas City||KCKS-LD||25.2||25||Buzzr||Heartland Broadcasting, LLC||January 1, 2019||Replaced Justice Network|
|Sublette (Wichita–Hutchinson)||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)/
|River City Broadcasters, Inc.||January 1, 2019||Replaced Estrella TV|
|Louisville||W50CI-D||8.6||50||Buzzr||Word Broadcasting Network, Inc.
(operated by South Central Communications)
|January 1, 2019||Launched on new subchannel|
|Baton Rouge||WLFT-CD||30.3||30||MeTV||Touch Family Broadcasting||January 1, 2019||Replaced HSN|
|Detroit||WHNE-LD||14.9||20||Light TV||Tait Broadcasting LLC||January 1, 2019|
|Holly Springs (Memphis, Tennessee)||WBII-CD||20.4||20||Sonlife Broadcasting Network||Mid-South Broadcasting||January 11, 2019||Replaced Heartland|
|Joplin||KJPX-LP||35.1||35||Gary and Deborah Kenny||February 21, 2019||Replaced Retro Television Network|
|Lumberton (Myrtle Beach–Florence, South Carolina)||WTNG-CD||33.11||14||The Family Channel||Mercy's Bridge Media, LLC||May 20, 2019||Replaced HSN|
|Manteo (Norfolk–Portsmouth–Newport News–Virginia Beach, Virginia)||W22EN-D||22.5||22||Classic Shows||Lawrence F. Loesch||January 31, 2019||Launched on new subchannel|
|Tarboro (Raleigh–Durham–Fayetteville)||WNCR-LD||41.2||21||Youtoo America||WNCR Media Group, Inc.||April 28, 2019|
|Middletown Township (New York, New York)||WJLP||33.6||3||MeTV||PMCM TV||May 20, 2019||Launched on new subchannel|
|Buffalo||WBXZ-LP||56.11||17||Cozi TV||Steven D. Ritchie||January 1, 2019||Launched on new subchannel|
|Cobleskill (Albany–Schenectady–Troy)||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|
|Columbus||WCSN-LD||32.8||26||Movies!||Columbus TV, LLC||March 7, 2019||Replaced Youtoo America|
|Cottage Grove (Eugene)||K18LR-D||36.1||18||South Lane Television, Inc.||TBA|
|Pittsburgh||WPTG-CD||69.4||49||This TV||Fifth Street Enterprises, LLC||TBA||Launches on new subchannel|
|State College (Johnstown–Altoona)||WHVL-LP||29.3||27||MyNetworkTV||Channel Communications||TBA||Launches on new subchannel|
|Beaufort (Savannah)||WSCG-LD||14.11||14||Court TV||Winemiller Television, LLC||TBA||Launches on new subchannel|
|Nashville||WJDE-LD||31.4||31||Heroes & Icons||Word Broadcasting Network||January 1, 2019||Replaced HSN|
|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|
|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|
|Yakima||KGFZ-LP||31.3||31||Ron Bevins||TBA||Launches on new subchannel|
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