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Nexstar to Launch News in HD for Marquette Station

nexstar_304Nexstar has announced changes to its CBS affiliate in Marquette, MI.

WJMN will soon broadcast a 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. show Monday thru Friday in HD from a new building. The new shows will come under the direction of newly announced news director Cynthia Thompson.

Thompson comes to WJMN from WBUP-WBKP in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where she was news director and station manager.

“Conversations with members of the local community continually revealed a need for quality local content and Nexstar’s investment in WJMN-TV’s news platform and technical infrastructure squarely addresses that need by delivering exceptional local news programming to viewers across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where, when, and how they want it,” said Joseph Denk, VP and GM of Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s WFRV-WJMN television and digital operations.

“Conversations with local community members have revealed that Marquette needs a fresh local news alternative that provides viewers compelling local content and the stories that matter,” said Thompson. “Localism will be the top priority of the LOCAL 3 News operation, as our goal is to be to the most current, dynamic resource in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for local news, weather and sports programming.”

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Steve Asplund Named WLUC News Director

asplund_wluc_croppedWLUC has announced Steve Asplund has been named news director.

“He knows the market, he knows the station, he knows the process, he’s evolved with the times,” WLUC GM Rob Jamros said in a statement.

Asplund has been with the Marquette, MI, NBC affiliate for more than 30 years and is currently the early evening anchor.

According to the station, “When not at the desk, Asplund does everything from reporting and producing to handling mechanical failures with equipment; he even cleans and can often be found at the station seven days a week.”

Nexstar Plans to Launch Local News at Recently Acquired WJMN

When its recent deal for two affiliated stations in Green Bay and Marquette, MI closes, Nexstar Broadcasting plans to launch local news for the Marquette area.

Marquette’s WJMN is currently run as a satellite station of Green Bay’s WFRV, rebroadcasting its programming with the assistance of a small local crew. Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook tells Broadcasting & Cable that the company plans to develop a unique, local identity for WJMN.

“We’ve found ways to make a lot of money on news in markets that size,” Sook told B&C. “We plan to develop a separate news presence and sales staff; local news is definitely a part of the future for that station.”

Nexstar agreed to a $20 million deal for the two stations earlier this week.

Nexstar Broadcasting Inks Deal for CBS-Affliates in Wisconsin and Michigan

Nexstar Broadcasting is set to acquire two CBS-affiliates, WFRV in Green Bay and WJMN in Marquette, MI, from an affiliate of Liberty Media Corporation for $20 million.

The deal boosts Nexstar’s standing “as a leading consolidator of stations in mid-sized markets through accretive transactions,” as Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook romantically described it in a news release.

If approved by the FCC, the acquisition of WFRV and WJMN, which operates as a semi-satellite of the Green Bay station, will increase the number of CBS-affiliates in Nexstar’s stable to 13, and expand the number of stations, most of them in sub-100 DMAs, that the company owns and/or operates to 65.

Nexstar plans to make good on its investment in the stations by ringing out additional retrans revenues from WFRV and WJMN while also bolstering their online advertising.