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Scripps News continues the transformation from its former incarnation as Newsy on May 1 when the news network shifts to 16 hours of live programming each weekday.
Kate O’Brian, Scripps News’ president, says the ramp-up to 16 all-live hours is ahead of schedule and was spurred by sizeable viewer upticks in the network’s current live hours versus recorded programming.
In this Talking TV conversation, O’Brian explains the shift and the reorganization within parent company E.W. Scripps that has enabled it. She also addresses how Scripps News is managing a complex web of contributors across all facets of the company, including its local stations and sister network Court TV.
Episode transcript below, edited for clarity.
Michael Depp: Beginning May 1, Scripps News, formerly known as Newsy, will begin to produce all of its weekday news live between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. It’s the culmination of an extraordinary ramp-up of original news on the network, which began as a digital, primarily streaming, outlet and became available over the air in October 2021.
I’m Michael Depp, editor of TVNewsCheck, and this is Talking TV. Today, I’m with Kate O’Brian, president of Scripps News, to talk about the network’s expansion of live news hours and the complex web of collaborations across the entire E.W. Scripps Company that has enabled it. We’ll be right back with that conversation.
Welcome, Kate O’Brian to Talking TV.
Kate O’Brian: Thank you. I’m happy to be here.
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