NewsON Momentum Builds Since Launch

Milestones Include Product Enhancements, Investor and Station
Expansion, Advertising Platform Activation and Award Win

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NewsON,
a venture dedicated to distributing local news nationwide across
multiple platforms, today announced significant growth and
expansion since the launch of the NewsON app in late 2015.

Among the milestones achieved during the past six months are:

  • Product Enhancements: NewsON has made a series of
    enhancements to its Android phone and tablet apps, iPhone and iPad
    apps, and its channel on Roku players and TVs. These updates improved
    the discoverability of local stations and provided consumers with more
    content choices with the addition of new categories, such as
    entertainment, education, parenting and sports.
  • Investor Expansion: NewsON increased to a total of seven
    strategic investors.
  • Additional Stations: NewsON increased to 138 active
    participating stations, and will grow to a total of over 150 in summer
    2016.
  • Market Growth: NewsON increased availability to 97
    markets including 46 of the top 50, and will surpass 100 total markets
    in summer 2016.
  • Increased Population Coverage: NewsON increased its U.S.
    population coverage to 78 percent and will reach over 80 percent in
    summer 2016.
  • Advertising Platform Launch: NewsON has activated its
    advertising platform, enabling advertisers to serve ad units via the NewsON
    mobile app as well as the NewsON channel on Roku connected
    televisions. The platform serves an attractive user base of engaged
    digital video viewers, and enables brands to reach consumers who
    choose to watch their news broadcast from trusted local stations
    on-demand, on mobile and connected TV devices.
  • Award Recognition: NewsON was named “Best App” in the 2016
    Consumer World Awards
    , which honors excellence in every facet of
    the consumer industry including products, people behind the successes
    and best companies.

“Since we announced the formation of NewsON a year ago
today, we have become an invaluable service for audiences across the
nation,” said Louis Gump, CEO of NewsON. “So many
accomplishments, including committed participation from over 150 TV
stations in 100 markets covering 80 percent of the US population, rapid
viewer growth, and our recent ‘Best App’ award recognition, give us
confidence that we are meeting consumers’ needs for local news on
demand. This success is a testament to our team’s and
partners’ visions to provide access to timely, relevant local
news across platforms. We look forward to capitalizing on this momentum
and achieving major new milestones in the coming months.”

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.

About NewsON

NewsON
provides a nationwide lineup of local news from trusted, credible TV
stations, giving consumers access to live and on-demand local newscasts
and local news clips. 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, 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.

Contacts

For NewsON:
Global Results Comms (GRC)
Valerie
Christopherson or Lora Wilson, +1 949-608-0276
NewsON@globalresultspr.com