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Scripps News to debut 4 new shows, including one on Donald Trump’s legal trials

The other shows include a daily prime-time recap program and one that offers in-depth coverage on a single topic of national interest.

The other shows include a daily prime-time recap program and one that offers in-depth coverage on a single topic of national interest.

A promotional graphic for Scripps News. (Image courtesy E. W. Scripps, Graphic by The Desk)
A promotional graphic for Scripps News. (Image courtesy E. W. Scripps, Graphic by The Desk)

The E. W. Scripps Company’s free news channel Scripps News will debut four new programs this month, including one focused on the various criminal and civil trials involving former President Donald Trump.

That show, called “Trump on Trial,” will air weeknights from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time (4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time), with coverage of Trump’s various legal issues anchored by Chris Nguyen.

“Each day Chris Nguyen, correspondents Alex Miller and Ava-joye Burnett and former Manhattan prosecutor Michael Scotto will analyze the developments from court that could shape the future of the country,” Scripps said in a statement this week. Trump on Trial starts Monday, April 15.

The show joins three other evening programs that will offer daily recaps of major news headlines.

“Scripps NewsLine” will debut in the 9 p.m. Eastern Time (6 p.m. Pacific Time) slot starting Monday, April 22. The show will offer in-depth coverage on a single topic each day, with coverage anchored by Lauren Magarino.

“Scripps News National Report” will occupy the 5 p.m. Eastern Time (2 p.m. Pacific Time) slot when it starts airing in late April. The program will see Chris Nguyen and Christian Bryant offer a glimpse at the stories affecting local communities across the country — from major cities like Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., to small rural towns and everywhere in-between.

“America Tonight” also debuts in late April and will take the 8 p.m. Eastern Time (5 p.m. Pacific Time) slot, with anchor Maritsa Georgiou offering a critical look at how the day’s news will impact American lives, with coverage provided by Scripps News national correspondents and local journalists at Scripps-owned TV stations.

Earlier this month, Scripps launched a new afternoon program called “Scripps News on the Scene,” with veteran news anchor Del Rogers covering breaking news and live events happening in the United States and around the world.

The programs join a slate of new shows that have debuted since the start of the year, including “The Race” and “The Race Weekend,” which offers political affairs coverage from Washington and beyond in partnership with Politico, and “Main & Wall,” which explores the intersecting relationship between corporate America and local communities.

Last year, Scripps News executive Kate O’Brian said the long-term vision of the channel was to offer as much live programming as practical.

“Our plan has been to be live, frankly, seven days a week, all day long,” Kate O’Brian, then-President of Scripps News, said in an interview with a trade publication, adding that overnight hours were less of a priority because there were fewer viewers and thus a lower return on investment.

“But the plan still is, at some point, when we have the resources, to be live seven days a week all day and into the evenings on the weekends,” O’Brian affirmed.

Scripps News is available over-the-air on digital broadcast stations owned by Scripps or affiliated with its networks, including Ion. Nationally, the channel is carried on streaming cable TV alternatives like YouTube TV, Sling TV and Fubo, and some Scripps News programming airs in syndication on local TV stations in different parts of the country.

Scripps News is also distributed as a free streaming channel across a number of popular platforms, including the Roku Channel, Pluto TV, Xumo Play, Tubi, Samsung TV Plus, Amazon’s Freevee, LG Channels, Vizio WatchFree TV, TiVo Plus, Local Now, Plex and the TCL Channel. The channel is also offered through the fourth-generation Tablo broadcast DVR.

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Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 10 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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