ATLANTA, September 22, 2016 – NewsON today announced its partnership with Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc., a recognized leader in innovation for the television industry. This includes both an investment in NewsON and the addition of pioneering station WRAL in North Carolina’s Research Triangle.
Capitol Broadcasting augments existing coverage from two founding member stations in the Research Triangle with the addition of WRAL, resulting in especially strong coverage of the region. It also increases NewsON’s nationwide local news coverage to 167 stations in 107 markets covering 83% of the U.S. population, including 48 of the top 50 markets.
“This is a great partnership for us as a business and as a service to our communities,” said James F. Goodmon, Jr., Vice President and General Manager of the Capitol Broadcasting New Media Group. “We have long been dedicated to serving our customers on the platforms that matter, and NewsON fills a void in the marketplace. It will attract new viewers to our content, and allow us to generate new revenue on digital platforms, while also complementing our existing businesses.”
“We’re excited to welcome Capitol Broadcasting to the NewsON family,” said Louis Gump, CEO of NewsON. “Partnering with such an innovative, forward-looking television broadcaster is another milestone for our company and the people we are helping to connect with their communities. We have many of the most progressive and dedicated station groups active in NewsON already. The arrival of Capitol is another major step forward for NewsON towards our goal of becoming the essential local news source for a national audience.”
NewsON is the first-of-its-kind service that provides consumers with access to live and on-demand local newscasts as well as local news clips on mobile and connected TV devices. The free, ad-supported app features flexible navigation that encourages discovery, offering instant access to broadcast-quality video. It also enables users to search by market via an interactive map and for curated content linking coverage of breaking news events from multiple stations. The NewsON app has received a very favorable response from users, with positive ratings as well as expressions of gratitude for its service across platforms.
The NewsON app is available for Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phone and tablet, and on the Roku platform on Roku players and Roku TVs. Download NewsON from iTunes, Google Play and Roku Channel Store.
About Capitol Broadcasting
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL Digital, WRAZ-TV, WRAZ Digital, WRAL-FM , WRAL-HD2, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace , CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV, WILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club, Bull City Hospitality and Bull Durham Beer Co. in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Project and Diamond View office buildings in Durham, NC, and Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, NC.
NewsON provides a nationwide lineup of local news from 167 trusted, credible TV stations, giving consumers access to live and on-demand local newscasts and local news clips from 107 markets covering 83% of the U.S. population. NewsON is available for Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phone and tablet, and Roku devices, and offers a free, ad-supported app which features instant access to broadcast-quality video. The NewsON ownership group includes the ABC Owned Television Station Group, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Cox Media Group, Hearst Television, Hubbard Broadcasting, Media General, Raycom Media and Sinclair Broadcast Group, and also includes additional station groups that are dedicated to serving customers across platforms in their communities and beyond.