Nexstar’s ‘NewsNation’ lands Trump interview

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Nexstar’s fledging cable news broadcast has scored a really, really big interview.

The primetime cable newscast that airs for three hours of WGN America says its anchor Joe Donlon will interview Donald Trump, reports Robert Feder.

The interview will be a one on one format and be the first primetime one Trump has done since the death of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“NewsNation,” which goes out of its way to emphasize it aims to present news without opinion, says there have been no restriction placed on the content of the interview and that it plans to air it with minimal editing.

“NewsNation” launched Sept. 1, 2020 and been averaging about 124,000 viewers a night and nowhere near the audience that the established names in cable have — with Fox over 3.5 million, MSNBC over 2 million and CNN a bit of 1.5 million.

WGN America says it reaches 25 million households in the U.S.

Those figures also pale in comparison to “big three” network ratings, where a morning show on “GMA” could garner 4 million viewers, just as an example.

Donlon previously anchored for Nexstar’s independent station WGN in Chicago, which it acquired from Tribune in 2019.

While the two brands share the letters “WGN” they are separate feeds.