Newsy is set for an October 1 launch as a free, live 24/7 opinion-free news platform. The E.W. Scripps Company offering will debut on almost every major over-the-top and connected TV platform, primarily on Scripps-owned broadcast stations and those of partners, reaching 90% of U.S. television homes.
In preparation for this TV rollout, Newsy has named several new senior leaders.
Tracy Carmony is now director of live news — Carmony will lead the development and execution of the network’s live, rolling daypart-based coverage out of Atlanta. Previously, Carmony served as executive producer at The Weather Channel for “AMHQ” and “Wake Up with Al.”
Jason Potts is director of programs. Potts oversee Newsy’s prime-time programs. Previously, Potts led experimental partnerships and internal innovations at the ABC Owned Television Stations group.
Zach Toombs is deputy director of programs. Toombs has been with Newsy since 2011, leading its documentary unit among other chores.
Last month, Scripps named Eric Ludgood as head of Newsy, Ethan Nelson head of program development, and Christina Hartman as head of news standards. Kate O’Brian serves head of the news group for Scripps Networks.
In addition, Scripps has announced this weekday programming lineup:
*Morning Rush, live weekdays, 7-11 a.m. ET — anchored by Dave Briggs, Alex Livingston, Stephen Graddick and Veronica De La Cruz
*Newsy Live, live weekdays, Noon-3 p.m. ET — anchored by Lindsay Tuchman and Jay Strubberg
*Newsy Reports, live weekdays, 4-7 p.m. ET — anchored by Rob Nelson
*Evening Debrief, live weekdays, 7-8 p.m. ET and 11 p.m.-midnight ET — anchored by Natalie Allen
*Newsy Tonight with Chance Seales, live weekdays, 8-9 p.m. ET
*In the Loop with Christian Bryant, weekdays, 9-10 p.m. ET
In addition, Strubberg and Tuchman will anchor weekend live coverage.