Sean Compton

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Sean Compton, American media executive

Sean Compton is a Chicago-based radio and television executive. Compton began his career in radio in 1990. In 1993 he became Program Director of Cincinnati radio station WSAI eventually rising to VP of programming in 1999 for Clear Channel Radio and Premiere Radio Networks.[1] He currently serves as President, Networks overseeing cable network NewsNation, Antenna TV, WGN Radio, and content Acquisition for Dallas-based Nexstar Media Group. Compton left his VP of programming role at Clear Channel to join Tribune Company in 2008 as President of TV programming. In September 2019, Nexstar Media closed on its acquisition of Tribune Media naming Compton to his new position. Compton also created and manages classic television network Antenna TV. In April 2021 it was announced by Nexstar that the networks division was launching REWIND TV, a companion network to Antenna TV airing shows from the 80's and 90's. In 2004, while at Clear Channel, Compton created Donald Trump's daily radio political commentary “Trumped” that aired on radio stations across the U.S. until 2008. Compton created or produced the launch of other programs which included hosts Bob Costas, Arsenio Hall, Whoopi Goldberg and Ryan Seacrest.

In January 2020, Nexstar announced it was launching "NewsNation" a Chicago based national primetime news program on cable network WGN America with Compton at the helm. The network program, which launches September 1st 2020, is touted as news absent of bias and will compete with Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC. In January 2021 it was announced former CNN host Ashleigh Banfield was joining NewsNation for a nightly program. In summer 2021 the cable network announced the launch of Dan Abrams Live, a nightly program with ABC legal analyst and former LIVE PD host Dan Abrams.

Compton is the son of the late radio DJ and talk show host Dale Sommers.[2]


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  2. ^ "Trucking radio icon Dale Sommers signs off". 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2017-02-27.