NewsNation is making a play in the crowded and competitive Sunday public affairs show space.
The upstart cable news channel — owned by the local TV giant Nexstar — will launch The Hill Sunday beginning March 3. The program will be hosted by Chris Stirewalt, NewsNation’s political editor and the former political editor for Fox News.
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The show will have a format similar to many of the other Sunday politics shows, combining interviews with politicians and newsmakers with a panel of commentators. Nexstar also owns The Hill, and already has a weekday politics program bearing the publication’s name.
On broadcast, NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’ Face the Nation and ABC’s This Week have held court for decades, while CNN and MSNBC have tried a handful of different programs over the years. CNN’s State of the Union has been a constant on the channel. Fox News Sunday was actually the first Fox News show to air, debuting on the Fox broadcast network before FNC’s formal launch.
“I am proud to be part of NewsNation, where the promise of fair, honest, independent coverage has real meaning,” said Stirewalt in a statement. “Our industry has a nearly 80-year history of devoting time on Sunday mornings to programming that, in its best form, helps Americans to be better citizens by better understanding their government, the issues we face and their choices as voters. It is a privilege to get to make whatever small contribution I can to that tradition.”
“We are delighted that Chris will be joining the new weekend lineup,” said Michael Corn, NewsNation’s President of News. “He is a legendary figure in Washington and one of the most respected, intelligent, and well-sourced journalists covering U.S. politics.”
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