VIENNA, Va. — Defense News has unveiled a new name, broadcast station and additional hosting talent for its weekly television show — moves that will further enhance growth of the preeminent TV program covering news and shaping global defense and national security.
The program will change its name from "This Week in Defense News" to "Defense News Weekly." This simple change allows more precise cataloging and efficient search by users for the show in cable and DVR formats.
The show continues to air on American Forces Network (AFN) as its military broadcast partner, reaching 3 million U.S. military service members all over the world. The show is also accessed by the professional defense community around the world on the digital video channel at www.DefenseNews.com.
For Washington, D.C., area broadcast viewers, "Defense News Weekly" will now air on WETA TV 26 as well as WETA HD at 10:30 a.m. EST on Sundays beginning April 16. The show will follow "This is America & the World," a show discussing current global events. WETA, the flagship public broadcaster in the nation's capital, provides access to viewers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. For national PBS audiences, it's one of the largest-producing stations of new content for public television in the United States, with news and public affairs programs including "PBS NewsHour" and "Washington Week."
Tony Lombardo, executive editor of Defense News' partner brand, Military Times, will join "Defense News Weekly" as co-host. This coincides with content enhancements that include select Military Times coverage on issues that affect the careers and lives of those who serve in uniform, complementing and augmenting the core Defense News technology and acquisition content of the show.
Jill Aitoro, executive editor of Defense News, will continue to have a prominent role in the TV program as co-host. "Defense News Weekly" will also continue to feature field reports by reporters from military installations and defense events held around the world.
"Defense News Weekly" is sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union.
"These developments to the Defense News television show are in keeping with our video growth strategy. It helps strengthen the appeal of the show to our core audience of 3 million military service members on AFN, while increasing our range in the D.C. metro region," said David Smith, president of Sightline Media Group, which publishes Defense News. "The partnership with WETA offers a relationship between media brands who share values of integrity and a commitment to journalism and public service."