IRVING, Texas – Earlier this week, The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the national winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards with the local news operations of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NXST: Nasdaq) garnering awards in the small market television category for Excellence in Social Media and Excellence in Writing. Nexstar’s winning entries will be honored at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala in New York City on October 14th, 2019.
Since the Company was founded in 1996, Nexstar has established an organization-wide commitment to delivering exceptional locally-produced programming and service to the communities where it operates. In the 2019 National Edward R. Murrow competition, Nexstar’s news operations were distinguished with the following honors for their exceptional local journalism:
- Excellence in Social Media, Small Market – WROC-TV (Rochester, NY): Rochester comes to life through WROC-TV’s fully integrated social media strategy which is focused on enhancing community engagement by creating a more personal form of communication between anchors, journalists and local audiences on Twitter and on Facebook, while providing exclusive digital video content and photography.
- Excellence in Writing, Small Market –WEHT-TV (Evansville, IN): A special feature, “The Reverend & The Politician” produced by WEHT-TV revisited the location where Robert F. Kennedy gave what is considered to be one of the greatest public addresses of the modern era following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in 1968. There, Lead Anchor Brad Byrd interviewed retired Senator Richard Lugar who was Mayor of Indianapolis at the time and Steve Bell, a former ABC News correspondent who was covering Bobby Kennedy that night on stage.
In addition to the national honors, Nexstar’s news operations in twenty markets garnered twenty-seven Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards earlier this year of which four awards were given for Overall Excellence.
“I am extraordinarily proud of the work that Nexstar’s local news teams continue to do every day in our markets to tell the local stories that matter to our viewers and their families,” stated Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting. “As Nexstar has grown to become one of America’s largest local media companies, we have continued to elevate our commitment to the local communities we serve by delivering more hours of trusted news programming and content that touches the daily lives of our viewers across all screens and devices. The National Edward R. Murrow Awards for writing and social media reflect Nexstar’s focus on excellence in cross platform storytelling and public service. We applaud our award-winning stations on the acknowledgement of their outstanding journalistic contributions and thank the RTDNA for this tremendous honor.”
“Nexstar has more than 3,500 local broadcast journalists dedicated to providing the local communities we serve with compelling, locally-originated news programming and content on any screen, at any time,” added Jerry Walsh, VP of Local Content Development at Nexstar Media Group. “We congratulate WROC-TV and WEHT-TV on the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Awards. Their award winning entries reflect our organization-wide commitment to high-quality, trusted broadcast journalism, exceptional public service and enhanced community involvement. We are very proud that our local teams continue to leverage every available medium to connect local viewers to their communities, while keeping them informed of breaking local updates, critical weather events and other vital information.”
The RTDNA has been recognizing outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 174 full power television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 100 markets or nearly 39% of all U.S. television households. Nexstar’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar’s community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities.
Pro-forma for the completion of all announced transactions, Nexstar will own, operate, program or provide sales and other services to 197 television stations and their related low power and digital multicast signals reaching 115 markets or nearly 63% of all U.S. television households. For more information please visit www.nexstar.tv.
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