Cheddar News Goes Primetime - Unveils First Primetime Cable News Program, None of the Above with J.D. Durkin


Unveils First Primetime Cable News Program, None of the Above with J.D. Durkin, Premiering June 7 at 8pm ET

Network Also Announces New Anchor Alicia Nieves

May 24, 2021 – NEW YORK, NY – Today, Cheddar News announces a new hour-long talk show, None of the Above with J.D. Durkin, airing each weeknight at 8pm ET beginning on Monday, June 7th. None of the Above marks Cheddar News’ first foray into daily primetime programming; the network is currently live weekdays from 7am – 6pm ET and airs original programming blocks, featuring shows like The Lightbulb Moment and Who Knew?, in the overnight and weekend hours.

Hosted by Cheddar News’ Anchor and Chief Political Reporter J.D. Durkin, None of the Above offers a fresh take on the news of the day, providing an unbiased alternative to the evening lineups offered by cable news networks. Through None of the Above, Durkin, who has been with Cheddar News since 2017 and was previously an editor and columnist for Mediaite, will analyze issues in a fair and constructive manner with a focus on capturing the American cultural zeitgeist. Exploring the intersection of current events, politics, technology, business, science and more, the program will feature interviews with leading newsmakers, long-form and even-handed panel discussions and future-minded innovation all with an optimistic worldview. None of the Above aims to educate viewers on the news events of the day – without becoming cynical.

The network also announces a new talent hire with Alicia Nieves joining Cheddar News as an anchor. Nieves, an Emmy Award winning reporter who has reported for WPIX-TV New York and KTW-TV Philadelphia, among other local news stations, and who most recently served as a national news correspondent for the E.W. Scripps Company, will join senior anchor Kristen Scholer on Closing Bell and anchor Hena Doba on Cheddar’s News Wrap.  

“With the launch of None of the Above with J.D. Durkin, Cheddar News is set to enter the primetime cable news landscape with an offering for viewers that are searching for an alternative to the usual cable news pundits and opinion shows. None of the Above offers a fresh perspective and voice in the world of political news that we feel is greatly needed,” said Peter Gorenstein, Chief Content Officer, Cheddar News.  “We are also thrilled to have Alicia join our team, with her background in local news and focus on business stories big and small, she brings an invaluable perspective and insight to the reporting that we are committed to at Cheddar News every day.”

For a full list of Cheddar News’ daily shows and new anchor schedule, see below. 

All times ET:

7am – 9am

Wake Up with Cheddar (Baker Machado, Brad Smith, Jill Wagner)

9am – 11:30am

Opening Bell (Brad Smith, Nieves Zuberbuhler)

11:30am – 12pm

Monday: Fast Forward (J.D. Durkin, Jill Wagner)

Tuesday: Cheddar Reveals (Alicia Nieves, Jill Wagner)

Wednesday: All Hands: Race Toward Inclusion (Hena Doba, Brad Smith)

Thursday: Cheddar Innovates (Alicia Nieves, Jill Wagner)

Friday: The Search for a Cure: COVID-19 (Hena Doba, Brad Smith)

12pm – 2pm

Between Bells (Hena Doba, Baker Machado)

2pm – 3pm

Closing Bell (Kristen Scholer)

3pm – 5pm

Closing Bell (Alicia Nieves, Kristen Scholer)

5pm – 6pm

Cheddar’s News Wrap (Hena Doba, Alicia Nieves)

8pm – 9pm

None of the Above with J.D. Durkin (J.D. Durkin)

Other weekly specials include:

Tuesdays, 2pm – 2:30pm

Cheddar Climate (Hena Doba, Kristen Scholer)

Wednesdays, 1:30pm – 2pm

Cheddar Wellness (Hena Doba, Baker Machado)

Thursdays, 12pm – 1pm

Cheddar Politics (Baker Machado, Megan Pratz)

Fridays, 9:30am – 10am

ChedHer (Alicia Nieves, Jill Wagner)

Fridays, 12:30pm – 1pm

Your Future Home (Hena Doba, Baker Machado)

About Cheddar News

Cheddar News is the voice of what’s next. As the digital-first news network, Cheddar News provides in-depth reporting and updates on trending stories in tech, innovation, business, politics, media, entertainment and culture. We feed our viewers’ curiosity about what's next with live news and original shows covering the people, ideas and innovations that are shaping their world. Daily programming on Cheddar News includes: Wake Up with CheddarOpening BellBetween BellsClosing BellCheddar’s News Wrap and Cheddar Politics. The network is also home to original news series including Fast Forward, which explores the potential permanent changes, across industries, that we are adopting in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and All Hands: Race Toward Inclusion, which focuses on the efforts needed to incite change, expose injustices and strive for diversity and equality across all sectors of business and within our communities.

Cheddar News is available on all major OTT systems including Hulu, YouTube TV, Pluto, Samsung TV+ and more and can also be found on major cable systems like Optimum and Spectrum.

Cheddar News, owned and operated by Altice USA, is part of the Altice News group, which also includes hyperlocal news from News 12 and the global and current affairs network i24NEWS. 

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