Independent Network News (US)
:"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
1980until June 1990, and produced by WPIXin New York City, designed mainly for independent stations.
The program featured the same personnel that worked on WPIX's local newscasts. WPIX transmitted the national show's live feed weeknights at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern). It was produced and shown on the
Tribune Broadcasting's independent stations - WPIX, Chicago's WGN, and Denver's KWGN. It was also seen on KCOP in Los Angeles before moving to KTLAfollowing Tribune's purchase of the station in 1985.
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 also offered INN affiliates "The "Wall Street Journal" Report," a business-oriented show (still on the air today); and "From the Editor's Desk," a Sunday newsmaker show hosted by Richard D. Heffner.
In 1986, the national INN newscast, which was contained within the 10:00 show, was renamed "USA Tonight", while the 7:30 program retained the title "Independent News".
INN was eventually cancelled in 1990 with the advent of the
Fox Television Network. Tribune Broadcasting retained some of staff to cover Washington D.C.for the Tribune stations and affiliating their stations with CNNfor national and world news, and adding the time periods to their local newscasts.
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