NBC Nightside

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NBC Nightside
Presented by Campbell Brown
Tom Donovan
Bruce Hall
Sara James
Kim Hindrew
Antonio Mora
Tom Miller
Tonya Strong
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
Location(s) NBC News Channel, Charlotte, North Carolina
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 1 hour, 30 minutes (live, followed by rebroadcast)
Production company(s) NBC News Productions
Original network NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release November 4, 1991 (1991-11-04) – September 20, 1998 (1998-09-20)
Related shows NBC News Overnight (1982–1983)

NBC Nightside (also known as NBC News Nightside) is an American overnight television news program on NBC, that aired from 1991 to 1998. The program was produced in three half-hour segments. It usually aired live seven nights a week from 1:00 to 2:30 a.m. Eastern Time, which was then rebroadcast on a looped feed until 4:30 or 5 a.m. local time, depending on the individual affiliate.


The program premiered on November 4, 1991, and was NBC's second attempt at a late night news program after NBC News Overnight, which ran for seventeen months from 1982 to 1983.[1]

Nightside differed from its two competitors – CBS's Up to the Minute and ABC's World News Now, which are both based in New York City – in that rather than being broadcast from the headquarters of NBC News itself in New York, it was instead based out of the Charlotte, North Carolina facilities of NBC NewsChannel[1], the network's newsfeed service providing customized reports and video of national news to NBC owned-and-operated stations and affiliates, and which was based in studios connected to those of Charlotte's NBC affiliate WCNC-TV (channel 36). Also unlike the other network overnight newscasts, which run only on Monday through Fridays, NBC Nightside ran in the early morning hours all seven days a week.

Some of Nightside's many anchors went on to national success including Antonio Mora and Campbell Brown. Former NBC News president Steve Capus once served as a senior producer for the program.

Despite financial profitability of the show and decent ratings, it was canceled by the network in 1998 and aired its last telecast on September 20 of that year, with NBC filling the overnight timeslot beginning two days later with NBC All Night, a block consisting of repeats of the network's late night talk shows.


The program's anchors included:


  1. ^ a b McDougal, Dennis (November 4, 1991). "NBC, ABC: It's Never Too Late for News". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "We Have Good News and Bad News". Entertainment Weekly. June 18, 1993. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Du Brow, Rick (November 17, 1992). "Today a Rare Bright Spot at NBC". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Benson, Jim (May 26, 1993). "KTTV, KTLA to join the battle for early risers". Variety. Retrieved 2 February 2010.