Below is the official word. From what I hear, the format will have host Eric Mansfield chatting with one or two panelists on one or two topics, a video segment (likely to be an interview taped earlier) and more discussion on other topics, with different panelists from earlier in the show.
Here's the announcement:
The new replacement program for NewsNight Akron will premiere on Western Reserve PBS (WNEO.1/WEAO.1) on Friday, Oct. 8, at 9 p.m. The weekly show, called NewsNite, features segments that spotlight news from multiple areas of the station’s viewing area. It will be hosted by Eric Mansfield and will include former NewsNight 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 NewsNight 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.”
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Western Reserve Public Media will produce the new show in the state-of-the-art video studio at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with assistance from the University’s TeleProductions unit 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 School 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.