Independent News Network

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This article is about the commercial U.S. news service since 1999. For similar names, see Independent Network News.

For the consortium of non-profit investigative news organizations, see Investigative News Network.

The Independent News Network (also known as INN) is a production company based in Davenport, Iowa, which syndicates "localized" news programs for broadcast television stations in the United States, that have budgets limiting their ability to produce their own local newscasts.

Background[edit]

The Independent News Network was founded in 1999. The company's first client was Davenport Fox affiliate KLJB (channel 18); INN produced a half-hour primetime newscast for that station, titled the Fox 18 Nine O'Clock News, which ran from 1999 until the station entered into a news share agreement with crosstown ABC affiliate WQAD-TV in September 2010.

In addition to producing local newscasts, INN also produces HNN or Hispanic News Network and INN News for syndication to smaller television stations with limited or no money budgeted for news.[citation needed]

Until the beginning of 2009, INN was owned by the Regional News Network Co. of Davenport, Iowa. Regional News Network filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on December 31, 2008.[1][2] INN was taken over in early January 2009 by LMG, Inc., part of Fusion Communications, also of Davenport, Iowa. In the transfer, INN laid off 12 of its staff of 40,[1] and kept its client stations except for WPGA-TV in Macon, Georgia.[3] INN's staff was further cut to 14 in June 2013 as more client stations left the service.[4]

Stations with INN newscasts[edit]

English[edit]

City of licenseStationAffiliationNewscasts produced
Gainesville, FloridaWGFL (channel 28)
WNBW-DT (channel 9)
WMYG-LP (channel 11)
CBS
NBC
MyNetworkTV
6:00 and 11:00 p.m. (WGFL and WNBW)
(see GTN News)
Columbus, GeorgiaWLTZ (channel 38)NBCWeather segments only
Alexandria, LouisianaKLAX-TV (channel 31)ABC6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Rehoboth Beach, DelawareWRDE (channel 31)NBC6:00 and 11:00pm

In addition, a national INN broadcast is also seen on the America One television network.

Spanish[edit]

City of licenseStationAffiliation
Atlanta, GeorgiaWUVM-LP (channel 4)Azteca América
Las Vegas, NevadaKHDF-CD (channel 19)Azteca América
Austin, TexasKADF-LP (channel 20)Azteca América
Dallas, TexasKAZD (channel 55)Azteca América
Houston, TexasKYAZ (channel 51)Azteca América
San Antonio, TexasKVDF-CA (channel 31)Azteca América

INN produces several Spanish language newscasts (primarily for Azteca América owned-and-operated stations run by Una Vez Más Holdings, LLC), and provides content for HNN (Hispanic News Network).[citation needed] INN also produces a daily national program for the HITN network.

INN also previously produced a newscast for affiliates of LAT TV, a Houston, Texas-based Spanish language television network; LAT TV folded in May 2008.[5] The company also produced newscasts for seven Univision-affiliated stations owned by the Equity Broadcasting Corporation: KUTH in Salt Lake City, KLRA-LP (now KKYK-CD) in Little Rock, KEYU in Amarillo, WUDT-CA in Detroit, WUMN-CA in Minneapolis, KUOK in Woodward (as well as its repeaters, KCHM-LP in Oklahoma City and KUTU-LP in Tulsa) and WUVF-CA in Naples. Equity discontinued these newscasts on June 6, 2008.[6]

Staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Weather
Sports

Management[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burke, David (2008-01-06). "Newscast producer based in Davenport files for bankruptcy". Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa: Lee Enterprises). Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  2. ^ Burk, Jennifer (2009-01-06). "WPGA's nightly newscast off the air, show's future uncertain". Macon.com (Macon Telegraph) (Macon, Georgia: The McClatchy Company). Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  3. ^ Adams, Tony (2009-01-06). "Bankruptcy filing doesn't impact Columbus' WLTZ". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ohio: The McClatchy Company). Retrieved 2009-01-26. [dead link]
  4. ^ Davenport-based News Network reduces staff Dispatch-Argus, June 3, 2013
  5. ^ Hem, Brad (May 21, 2008). "Spanish language station signs off". chron.com. Houston Chronicle. p. Business, 3. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Equity Says Adios to Spanish-Language News". TVNewsCheck. June 10, 2008. "The two daily newscasts were anchored at Equity Media production and distribution hub in Little Rock, Ark, but they were localized with reports from two reporters stationed in each of the six markets." 

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