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JMC, TeleProductions team with Western Reserve PBS to create NewsNite

Posted Oct. 20, 2010

The new replacement program for NewsNite Akron will premiere on Western Reserve PBS (WNEO.1/WEAO.1) tonight at 9 p.m. The weekly show, called NewsNite, features segments that spotlight news from multiple areas of the station's viewing area. Eric Mansfield will host the show and will include former NewsNite Akron panelists Ed Esposito, Steve Hoffman, Jody Miller and M.L. Schultze, plus special guests. Panelists may vary among segments to allow, for example, a journalist from Canton to discuss a story involving that area.

"The genesis of NewsNite Akron was to fill the news gap created when commercial TV stations left Akron more than a decade ago," said Trina Cutter, Western Reserve Public Media president and CEO. "Our new NewsNite program continues and broadens that responsibility — to offer regional coverage that won't be provided by the Cleveland and Youngstown commercial news operations."

Production of the new show will take place in JMC's state-of-the-art television studio, with assistance from TeleProductions as well as faculty and students in the school. TeleProductions Director John Butte said the service has a long history of partnership with Western Reserve PBS and he is excited to bring the advances of digital video production to this latest project. As the new season progresses, the NewsNite team will work with school faculty and students on extending the program's reach through not only Web content and social media, but also other digital platforms. 

"We're delighted to have NewsNite in our Franklin Hall studio," said JMC Director Jeff Fruit. "The NewsNite team has some forward-thinking ideas and we look forward to partnering with them and with our TeleProductions colleagues on a show that takes some new approaches in 21st century journalism."

In addition to airing on Fridays at 9 p.m., the show will repeat on Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. NewsNite also will air on Western Reserve Public Media's Fusion channel, WNEO.2/WEAO.2, on Saturdays at 10 p.m. and Mondays at 8:30 p.m. The show will air for 39 weeks and will then take a summer hiatus. During the summer, however, short NewsNite. Lite spots will air on Western Reserve PBS.