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Bill Shine, the former Fox News producer turned executive, who later served as White House communications director under President Trump in 2018-2019, is consulting on Nexstar’s NewsNation cable channel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Shine joined NewsNation ahead of its launch last year (it launched as a primetime news block in September 2020), a spokesperson for Nexstar says. He is not an employee of the local TV station giant.
Last month, Nexstar announced that it planned to rebrand WGN America as NewsNation, positioning it as a “fact-based and unbiased” competitor to cable news channels like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. That rebranding will take effect March 1. As part of the rebrand, NewsNation expanded its programming into the early evening, and it raises the possibility that it could add additional news and talk programming to other dayparts.
Nexstar has been hiring a number of veterans of the big three cable news channels in its bid to staff up NewsNation, including former MSNBC and CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield, who will anchor at 10 p.m. on weekdays, and former CBS News and NBC News correspondent Mike Viqueira, who last month joined the channel as its Washington, D.C., bureau chief.
The Daily Mail first reported Shine’s role as a consultant.
“NewsNation’s mission is to provide news based on facts, not opinions,” the company said in a statement. “Consistent with our commitment to deliver unbiased news to our viewers, we’ve hired a number of employees and consultants with diverse news production and reporting backgrounds from CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, CBS, NBC and ABC, amongst others. All of these news professionals have the best-in-class expertise to allow NewsNation to drive forward our mission of providing high-quality, unbiased, fact-driven news.”
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