Nexstar Broadcasting Group joins the NewsON network starting with its Las Vegas station KLAS
Nexstar recently merged with Media General, disputing the earlier announced Meredith-Media General deal
ATLANTA, Georgia – April 19, 2016 — NewsON, a venture dedicated to distributing local news nationwide across multiple platforms, today announced that Nexstar Broadcasting Group is the newest participating station group, continuing the expansion of NewsON’s reach. Nexstar is one of the nation’s top television broadcasting companies, with a diversified portfolio that includes 115 television stations and 36 related digital multicast signals reaching 62 markets in the U.S.
“As an innovator in the local community and television space, Nexstar brings one of the nation’s largest broadcast offerings to NewsON’s multi-platform portfolio,” said Louis Gump, CEO of NewsON. “The addition of Nexstar shows the dedication from both teams to bring valuable local news to communities across the nation at their fingertips.”
“Nexstar is committed to supporting the communities where we operate with leading local news and providing viewers with the ability to access this content on any screen at any time,” said Tom O’Brien, Executive Vice President, Digital Media and Chief Revenue Officer at Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. “Our alliance with NewsON provides us with another access point to keep our local viewers – and viewers anywhere in the world – informed of breaking local news, critical weather updates and other information that is vital to their daily lives.”
Nexstar has started with KLAS in Las Vegas as the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference begins, and will contribute additional stations later this year. With the Nexstar addition, NewsON now features video content from 126 stations in 97 markets covering 77% of the U.S. population.
NewsON is the first-of-its-kind service, launched November 4, 2015, that provides consumers with access to live and on-demand local newscasts as well as local news clips on mobile and connected TV devices. The free, ad-supported app features flexible navigation that encourages discovery, offering instant access to broadcast-quality video. It also enables users to search by market via an interactive map and for curated content linking coverage of breaking news events from multiple stations. The NewsON app has received a very favorable response from users, with positive ratings as well as expressions of gratitude for its service across platforms.
The NewsON app is available for Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phone and tablet, and on the Roku platform on Roku players and Roku TVs.