People interested in watching the evening newscasts of many TV stations — in their market or another market — on their smartphones and tablets will have that opportunity this fall, reports TV NewsCheck.

Five major station groups — the ABC O&Os, Hearst Television, Cox Media Group, Media General and Raycom Media — have banded together to provide NewsON which, continued the report, will be free to the public and advertiser supported. Users need only download the appropriate app.

“In the ideal world, we aspire for it to be an iconic destination for people who care about local news,” says Louis Gump, the CEO who developed similar news apps for CNN and The Weather Channel.

The story also stated:

“”You can see multiple stations potentially in the area where you live and you can also get content from other places you care about, either because you are from there or you have friends who live there.”

“According to Gump, the service will offer newscasts live and time-shifted. In addition, it will offer news clips on demand and compilations of clips. “We are going to have some editorial capability to put those [compilations] together.”

 “The charter station groups insure a large initial footprint for the service. Collectively, they operate 112 news-producing stations in 84 markets, including eight of the Top 10 and 17 of the Top 25. There will be multiple stations in 21 of the markets.”

“That’s just for starters. NewsON intends to sign on other stations or “affiliates” to stretch the footprint across the entire nation.”

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