Founded in 1948, WGN-TV is an independent television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois. The associated news website is wgntv.com covering local news for Chicago and the surrounding area.
Funded by / Ownership
WGN-TV is owned by Nexstar Media Group, which owns over 200 TV stations nationwide. The founder, chairman, president, and CEO of Nexstar is Perry A. Sook. According to Open Secrets Nexstar Media group gave more money to Republicans in the 2018 election cycle (45% to Democrats, 55% to Republicans). Revenue is generated through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the wgntv.com website publishes news for the greater Chicago, Illinois area. Local news features original reporting with minimal bias such as this: United Center begins COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Many stories also contain videos from the TV Stations. National news is covered through Nexstar Media Wire and other large media outlets. Lastly, the WGN-TV website does not publish op-eds. In general, they report news factually and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the wgntv.com Least Biased based on neutral straight news reporting without offering opinion pieces. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 2/6/2017) Updated (3/9/2021)