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Scripps Local Media and Scripps Networks collaborate to launch ‘Afternoon Focus’

Sept. 7, 2022 By Molly Miossi

CINCINNATI – A new afternoon show, produced by The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP), will bring stories of hope and inspiration from across the country into viewers’ living rooms. Scripps is launching a new program named “Afternoon Focus” on some of its local stations on Monday, Sept. 12.

Rob Nelson and Julie Grant

“Afternoon Focus” is a daily program that will celebrate people making a positive impact in their communities. There will be stories of hope, resilience and innovation.

The show is a collaboration between Scripps Local Media and Scripps Networks divisions. Producers will create original content and pull stories from across Scripps to create the program.

The show will be hosted by Julie Grant, anchor for Court TV, and Rob Nelson, anchor for Newsy’s Morning Rush, and reporters from both divisions will appear on the program. The show is executive produced by Lorena Ruiz.

“This new program will bring together the great work being done by our reporters from across the country and company, and it will bring those stories that people want to hear more about into one place,” said Sean McLaughlin, vice president of news for the Scripps Local Media division.

The show will launch in 16 Scripps markets and, in some markets, replace the cancelled talk show “Ellen.” It will air between 3 and 4:30 p.m., depending on the Scripps market. Markets airing the show:

    • Bakersfield KERO, 4 p.m.
    • Boise  KIVI, 3 p.m.
    • Corpus Christi KZTV, 4:30 p.m.
    • Denver KMGH, 3:30 p.m.
    • Green Bay WGBA, 4:30 p.m.
    • Lafayette KATC, 4 p.m.
    • Miami WSFL, 6 p.m.
    • Milwaukee WTMJ, 3:30 p.m.
    • Omaha KMTV , 4:30 p.m.
    • Phoenix KNXV, 3 p.m. (starting Nov. 14, 2022)
    • Santa Barbara KSBY, 4:30 p.m.
    • Tallahassee WTXL, 3 p.m.
    • Tucson KGUN, 3:30 p.m.
    • Tulsa KJRH, 4:30 p.m.
    • Twin Falls KSAW, 3 p.m.
    • West Palm WPTV, 3 p.m

    Media contact: Molly Miossi, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3713, molly.miossi@scripps.com

    About Scripps
    The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As one of the nation’s largest local TV broadcasters, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Defy TV, Grit, ION Mystery, Laff and TrueReal. Scripps is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”