Nexstar to Expand Local News Operations in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland


WASHINGTON & IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST), today announced that it will expand its local news business into Washington, D.C., Maryland and in northern Virginia. The company plans to combine its two television stations currently serving the region, WDVM-TV (Ind) in Hagerstown and WDCW-TV (CW) in Washington, DC (DMA #7), into one central location in the nation’s capital. The new combined operation will be known as “DC News Now”.

Both television stations will broadcast from a new state-of-the-art newsroom and studio currently under construction on Wisconsin Avenue, while maintaining a significant presence in Maryland and Northern Virginia. The central information gathering operation will be supported by three newly established satellite information offices in Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland, and Chantilly, Virginia. Each new office will serve as an expanded newsroom and studio for DC News Now, capable of live reporting and staffed with additional reporters who will provide even more local news coverage for the region.

The new facilities and expanded staff will establish a solid foundation from which WDVM-TV will launch a new evening newscast at 9 p.m. ET, extend its existing morning news by one hour, and add a thirty-minute nighttime sports program to 11 p.m. ET. . WDCW-TV will launch a new newscast nightly at 10 p.m. ET.

“This expansion is a clear demonstration of Nexstar’s unwavering commitment to local news and public service,” said Andrew Alford, President of Broadcast for Nexstar Media Inc. “Demand for local news, weather and information in Maryland and Northern Virginia, and the immediate Washington, D.C. area, has never been greater. We will hire more journalists and critical support staff, significantly expand our digital news capabilities, and we will build on our strong heritage of delivering high-quality local information to the communities we serve.

Following the expansion, DC News Now will provide more than 67 hours of local news programming each week, covering more communities than any other local broadcaster serving Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The ninth-largest DMA in the United States, Washington, DC, has a population of over six million and over 2.3 million local television homes.

“We are extremely excited about this expansion, particularly as it allows us to launch new newscasts while establishing three new satellite news desks from which we can broadcast live news directly from local communities in Maryland and Northern Virginia,” said David Bangura, vice president. Chairman and CEO of WDVM-TV and WDCW-TV. “These offices will give WDVM-TV and WDCW-TV a way to connect with the community like never before.”

Veteran journalist and news director Ben Dobson has been named news director for the expanded operation. He joins WDVM-TV/WDCW-TV from Boston, MA, where he served as Vice President and Chief News Officer of New England Cable News (NECN), a 24-hour cable news network, NBC10 Boston and Telemundo Boston since 2018. During his tenure at NECN, Mr. Dobson transformed the network’s programming and audience by launching new newscasts, creating a digital broadcast service, and emphasizing on online content. Prior to Boston, Mr. Dobson was Vice President and Chief News Officer at WVIT-TV (NBC) in Hartford, CT, and prior to that held a series of increasingly senior news management positions in Boston. and Hartford.

“Bringing these two television stations together, adding more news hours, and creating three local satellite news bureaus to serve Washington, DC, and parts of Maryland and Virginia, is a tremendous opportunity,” said Mr. Dobson. “We’re building something from the ground up at a time when more and more viewers are turning to local news outlets as their primary source of information they can trust.”

About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) is a leading diversified media company that produces and distributes engaging local and national news, sports and entertainment content, including 283,000 hours of original video content annually . Nexstar has America’s largest local broadcast group of top affiliate networks, with 200 owned or partnered stations in 116 US markets reaching 212 million people. Nexstar’s television assets also include NewsNation, the fastest growing national cable news and entertainment network in the United States, reaching 75 million TV households, popular entertainment multicast networks Antenna TV and Rewind TV, and a 31.3% stake in TV Food Network. The company’s portfolio of digital assets, including The Hill and BestReviews, is collectively among the top 10 digital news and information properties in the United States. In addition to providing exceptional content and service to our communities, Nexstar offers large-scale premium cross-platform advertising opportunities for businesses and brands looking to leverage the strong consumer engagement of our compelling content offering. For more information, please visit www.nexstar.tv

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