NewsNet launches with affiliates in 18 markets | OTT | News | Rapid TV News
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Aiming to break away from what it says is opinion-based programming now prominent on news channels, 24-hour news network NewsNet has begun operation in key US markets including Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Detroit.

newsnet 2Jan2019The channel follows the traditional news wheel format with headlines at the top of each half hour followed by a national weather overview, sports, and feature stories from across America, these are pre-empted in some markets by a local news update. The news channel is distributed over-the-air by a network of affiliates and also streams to mobile apps available for iPhone and Android and will be launching over-the-top (OTT) apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV. A launch on Apple TV later in January 2019.

With affiliates in 18 markets across the country, NewsNet’s signal reaches approximately 30 million potential viewers via antenna – just under a tenth of the US population. “Over the past few years, we heard constant complaints about the state of existing 24-hour news channels – particularly their focus on opinion-based programming,” explained NewsNet president Eric Wotila.

“We’re thrilled to have brought back a news channel with a straight-to-the-facts, headline-driven format, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. After building MI News 26 and directing many technical aspects of the launch of News Channel Nebraska, we saw strong interest in our no-nonsense approach to 24-hour news. We wanted to bring that success to other markets, and we felt NewsNet was the ideal way to do so.”