NBC is stepping out to do a newscast that is targeted specifically at children and teenagers.
Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News, will host.
The first edition of “Nightly News Kids Edition” is now up on YouTube and the show, and viewed as a test within NBC News, is likely to appear at least twice per week and potentially with greater frequency.
Holt says: “Kids are no different than the rest of us. They’re a little scared and they want answers but they also want to be empowered and so we wanted to put together a broadcast that would inform and also provide inspiring stories of what other young people are doing around the country.”
“As a newsman and a father, I got used to explaining to my children difficult events I was covering, whether it was the famine in Somalia, the Gulf War, or 9/11,” says Holt. “I suppose this program is in some ways an extension of that.”