FBefore I get to the announcement, I should say I have been assured that "NewsNight Akron" will be back in the fall in some form. And now the word from the folks at PBS 45/49:
Beginning Friday, April 30, the Western Reserve Public Media weekly news program NewsNight Akron, which airs on Western Reserve PBS WNEO.1/WEAO.1 and Fusion WNEO.2/WEAO.2, will go on a broadcast hiatus.
“Western Reserve Public Media will be reshaping its regional production strategy over the summer,” explained Trina Cutter, president and CEO. “We have exciting programs planned for next fiscal year, and we will use the summer months to explore how all of our regional programs can be infused with new energy, new technologies and new media for our fall season.”
NewsNight Akron has enjoyed a loyal following over the last 12 years, reaching its peak audience in the 2008-09 season. “So much has changed in the media landscape since NewsNight Akron was launched in 1998,” Cutter continued. “This is an opportunity to reshape the program to ensure that it fits stylistically with the rest of our regional productions.”
Most recently, NewsNight Akron has been paired on Friday nights with Western Reserve Public Media’s new weekly series NEOtropolis, which explores regional business and economic issues. The two programs together are viewed in thousands of Northeast Ohio households.
On Fridays at 9 p.m. on Western Reserve PBS (WNEO.1/WEAO.1), Inside Washington will replace NewsNight Akron. The new show Need to Know will air at 9:30 p.m. and Consuelo Mack WealthTrack will air at 10:30 p.m. On Saturdays, MoneyTrack will air at 5 a.m.
NewsNight Akron also aired on our Fusion channel (WNEO.2/WEAO.2). It will be replaced on Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. by Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly. On Mondays, State of Ohio will air at 8:30 p.m. and NEOtropolis will air at 10 p.m.