Nexstar’s new schedule for NewsNation debuts Sept. 27, with new morning, primetime shows
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Nexstar’s NewsNation is slated to overhaul its schedule Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.
The most significant change is the launch of “Morning in America,” a new morning show anchored by former ABC News anchor Adrienne Bankart. That will air from 7 to 11 a.m. eastern.
The network’s midwest correspondent Nick Smith, entertainment reporter Sloane Glass and meteorologist Gerard Jebaily are also expected to appear regularly.
Bankert herself sits a new half circle raised desk on a high chair (that she said she was “literally jumping out
The network will also add “Dan Abrams Live” at 8 p.m. eastern.
“Prime” will continue to be solo anchored by Marni Hughes, who is the only one of the original three anchors left on the show after Rob Nelson left and eventually landed as Newsy and Joe Donlon was assigned his own analysis show.
“NewsNation Rush Hour” moves to 4 p.m. eastern, followed by “The Donlon Report” at 6 p.m. and “On Balance” at 7 p.m.
That makes room for “Dan Abrams Live” at 8 p.m. eastern. That show will be produced from WPIX in New York.
“Banfield” continues at 10 p.m.
After launching as a bias free three hour news block on what was then WGN America in September 2020, the network eventually pulled back on “Prime,” replacing it with commentary and analysis shows “Donlon” and “On Balance” as well as “Banfield,” which is a discussion style show.
Abrams is arguably one of the biggest names to join the upstart news network as from “Banfield” host Ashleigh Banfied, which has suffered from dismal ratings since its debut.
Despite its marketing efforts to bill the network as free from bias, “Donlon” and “On Balance” have been noted to carry more right leaning content. The host of “On Balance,” Leland Vittert, is a former Fox personality.
The rest of the NewsNation network schedule will continue to be filled with repeats of drams and comedies, paid programming and repeats of “NewsNation” branded programs, though industry watchers think those shows could be reduced as Nexstar continues to push forward with expanding its original news programming.
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