Nexstar Media Group announced this week it is expanding its news programming line-up for its only nationally-distributed pay television channel, NewsNation.
The expansion comes as Nexstar adds two additional news talent to its roster: Former ABC News legal affairs correspondent Dan Abrams and ex-ABC News journalist Adrienne Bankert.
Abrams will host a news and current affairs program called “Dan Abrams Live” starting in September. The show will air on NewsNation at 8 p.m. Eastern Time (5 p.m. Pacific Time), with a replay three hours later for those on the west coast.
“Dan Abrams is the epitome of the pure, common sense approach to journalism envisioned when NewsNation launched last September,” Michael Corn, the Nexstar executive in charge of NewsNation, said in a prepared statement. “He has a fresh, no-holds-barred approach to covering and analyzing the news, and his credibility is unquestioned.”
Abrams will continue with several of his other projects, including running Abrams Media, the owner of the website Mediaite and the crime-focused streaming channel Law & Crime.
Bankert will lead NewsNation’s expansion into morning news programming by hosting a new breakfast show called “Morning in America.” She previously worked on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and once served as a general assignment and traffic reporter for NBC affiliate KCRA-TV (Channel 3) in Sacramento.
Bankert promised her new show, also debuting in September, will put stories in a lively context, offering viewers a deeper dive into the matters that are making headlines.
“Even if people wake up on the so-called ‘wrong side of the bed,’ I want them to turn on the TV and be not only more informed but feel better, even happier watching us,” Bankert said. “I believe we are called to a higher standard at NewsNation — to offer a variety of viewpoints across America and give dignity to every voice. That’s what you’ll find on ‘Morning in America’ five days a week.”
The new programming joins two other shows — “On Balance with Leland Vittert” and “NewsNation: Rush Hour” — that debuted earlier this month. The slate of shows helps NewsNation achieve a more-rounded approach to news; when it launched, NewsNation limited news bulletins and programming to the evening hours, while syndicated programming carried by its predecessor, WGN America, remained on its morning and afternoon line-up.