Nexstar Broadcasting to Host Statewide Live Telecast of Virtual Town Hall with Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on April 9

Governor to Address Statewide Response to Coronavirus Outbreak, Joined by State’s Health Officer

Nexstar Brings Mississippi Communities Together via Television Broadcast and Livestream Video

JACKSON, MS and IRVING, TX – Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) announced today that it will host a live virtual Town Hall meeting with Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. CT.  The governor will address the statewide response to the current coronavirus outbreak and will be joined by Mississippi’s State Health Officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs.  Due to restrictions on large gatherings, the one-hour virtual Town Hall will take place at the studios of WJTV-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, and bring viewers in communities across the state together via live television broadcast and livestream video.  Viewers will be invited to submit questions to Governor Reeves and Dr. Dobbs via social media using the hashtag #AskReeves.

The television broadcast will be hosted by WJTV-TV anchor Byron Brown and will air on three Nexstar stations serving the state, including WJTV-TV (CBS), WHLT-TV (CBS) in Hattiesburg, and WREG-TV (CBS) in Memphis.    Other television stations carrying the broadcast include WXXV-TV (FOX, NBC) in Gulfport, WMDN-TV (CBS) in Meridian, and WCBI-TV (CBS) in Columbus.  All six of these stations will also provide a livestream of the broadcast on their respective websites.  Three other Nexstar stations will provide a livestream only, including WGNO-TV in New Orleans, WVLA-TV in Baton Rouge, and WKRG-TV in Mobile. (See table below for list of participating stations and station website links).

The Town Hall will open with Governor Reeves and Dr. Dobbs providing the latest information on the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis.  The broadcast will then turn to questions submitted by viewers from around the state, facilitated by Mr. Brown.  Viewers can contribute a question to the Governor or Dr. Dobbs via a variety of social media platforms using the hashtag #AskReeves.  Preference will be given to those questions submitted as videos rather than texts.

“Viewers know they can turn to Nexstar’s local television stations as a trusted source of important news and critical information, especially during times of crisis and uncertainty,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. “The unprecedented unique format of this Town Hall will bring together viewers across Mississippi, providing them with the latest information about the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and giving them a chance to ask questions of the Governor and Mississippi’s top state health official.  We are proud to harness the combined resources of our local station operations serving Mississippi to bring this virtual Town Hall directly to viewers across the state.  We are grateful to Governor Reeves and his administration for allowing Nexstar to serve as the host of this special event.”

Non-Nexstar media may record the program off-air for use in news coverage with a mandatory verbal and on-screen credit to Nexstar Media Group.  Nexstar Media Group will provide still photos from the program to AP for print/digital/broadcast use with a mandatory credit to Nexstar Media Group.

Because of the importance of this information to all Mississippi residents, all markets and stations may use the WJTV-TV live stream embed code, which will be made available upon request by contacting Austin Kellerman at Nexstar Broadcasting via email at

Mississippi Governor Virtual Town Hall Television Broadcast and Livestream

Thursday, April 9, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CT

WJTV-TV studios

Host: Byron Brown, WJTV-TV Anchor

Guests:  Governor Tate Reeves, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi State Health Officer

The following television stations and websites will broadcast and livestream the Town Hall:

Station Network Market Station Website Social
WJTV-TV CBS Jackson @wjtv
WHLT-TV CBS Hattiesburg @whlt22
WREG-TV CBS Memphis @3onyourside
WXXV-TV Fox, NBC Gulfport @WXXV25

 The following television station websites will carry only a livestream of the Town Hall:

Station Network Market Station Website Social
WGNO-TV ABC New Orleans @wgnotv
WVLA-TV NBC Baton Rouge @brproudnews
WKRG-TV CBS Mobile @wkrg

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 196 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 114 markets or approximately 38% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC’s UHF discount). 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. Nexstar also owns WGN America, a growing national general entertainment cable network and a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network, a top tier cable asset.  For more information please visit

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