WGN America, which will be rebranded on Monday, March 1st, to NewsNation, has announced some promotions and hires to its creative team in Chicago.
TV stations owned by Weigel, Nexstar, Sinclair, Gray, Tegna, Hearst, and Sunbeam in markets all over the country are responding to help those in need in their communities with food, toys, clothing, rent assistance and even restaurants hit by the pandemic.
Mark Lodato, the new dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, brings a deep background of local TV news and university teaching and administration experience to the position.
Perry Sook, Nexstar Media Group’s chairman and president, says the company is dedicating the equivalent of $120 million this year to promote its national newscast, News Nation. How will that money be spent? What media is being used? And what will the creative be?
WRC, the NBC O&O in Washington, held a fund drive on Thursday, April 16, that raised almost $50,000 in money and donations for local non-profit organizations directly helping people through the COVID-19 pandemic.
WTTG, the Fox-owned affiliate in Washington, D.C., is partnering with the Virginia State Police and State Farm on a teen drivers’ safety campaign called, Eyes Up, Phones Down. Research shows the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the most dangerous time for teen drivers. The leading cause for nearly 40% of these crashes is texting and driving.
Anne Adkins son, Matthew T. Bolar, was killed in combat in Iraq in 2007. Since then, she’s devoted her life to helping members of the military. “I felt like there was something else I needed to be doing; I had a calling too,” she said. “It was then we started working with charities to improve the lives of veterans.”