Independent Network News (US)

Independent Network News (US)

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This article is about the former syndicated news program from the 1980s. For today's news network in the US, see 'Independent News Network.

The Independent Network News (INN) was a nationally-syndicated nightly news program, seen from June 1980 until June 1990. The newscast was designed to serve the same purpose as the nightly network news programs, and was produced by Tribune Company-owned station WPIX in New York. INN aired on the rest of Tribune's stations as well, but was not limited to those markets and was picked up by various other station groups such as Storer Broadcasting, Taft Broadcasting, and Metromedia.


The program featured the same personnel that worked on WPIX's local newscasts. The initial anchors for the nightly program were Bill Jorgensen, Pat Harper, and Steve Bosh.

WPIX transmitted the national show's live feed weeknights at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern).

Stations airing INN

It was shown initially on Tribune's independent stations - WPIX, WGN-TV in Chicago and KWGN-TV in Denver. It was also seen on other stations such as KCOP in Los Angeles (before moving to KTLA following Tribune's purchase of the station in 1985), WSBK in Boston (which was owned by Storer Broadcasting at the time), WLVI in Boston (then owned by Gannett) and WTAF in Philadelphia (a property of Taft Broadcasting).


As part of a midday expansion of INN starting in 1981, WPIX also experimented with a newscast at 12:30 p.m. co-anchored by Marvin Scott. During the decade, WPIX...
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