Raycom Media’s newsmag America Now will wrap after the current season concludes.
Produced by ITV Studios America from content generated by Raycom’s stations, the show launched as a weekly in the fall of 2010, airing on all 47 of Raycom’s stations as the local broadcaster pushed to create its own systemwide programming and break the cycle of expensive syndication.
Hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic and featuring the tagline “News You Can Really Use,” it shifted to a daily program in 2011, with Debmar-Mercury distributing.
America Now's ratings did not merit a season five renewal.
The show's demise was previously reported in TVNewsCheck.com.
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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