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 eventually becoming VP of programming for Clear Channel Radio and Premiere Radio Networks.[1] He currently serves as President, Networks overseeing cable network WGN America, 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 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.

In January 2020, Nexstar announced it was launching "News Nation" 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.

Compton is the son of the late trucking talk show pioneer Dale Sommers.[2]


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