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Nexstar to expand TV news operations in Md., adding Hagerstown and Frederick bureaus

Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group Inc., announced Wednesday it will expand its local news operations by bringing its two area television stations together in one location, rebranding as DC News Now and adding satellite news bureaus in Hagerstown and Frederick.

Nextstar will combine its CW affiliate WDCW, channel 50 with independent station WDVM, channel 25 in a state-of-the-art newsroom and studio currently under construction on Wisconsin Avenue under the new banner. The central newsgathering operation will be supported by newly established satellite news bureaus in Hagerstown, Frederick and Chantilly, Virginia. Each new bureau will serve as an extended newsroom and studio for DC News Now, capable of live reporting and staffed with additional journalists who will provide even more local news coverage for the area.

The new facilities and expanded staff will establish a foundation from which WDVM-TV will launch a new nightly newscast at 9 p.m., expand its existing morning news by one hour and add a thirty-minute nightly sports highlight show at 11 p.m. WDCW-TV will launch a new nightly newscast at 10 p.m.

Following the expansion, DC News Now will provide more than 67 hours of local news programming every week, covering more communities than any other local broadcaster serving Maryland, northern Virginia and Washington.

The ninth-largest DMA in the United States, Washington., has a population of more than 6 million and more than 2.3 million local television households.

Veteran journalist and news management executive Ben Dobson was named news director of the expanded operation. He joins WDVM-TV/WDCW-TV from Boston, MA, where he has served as vice president and news director of New England Cable News (NECN), a 24-hour cable news network, NBC10 Boston and Telemundo Boston since 2018.