Nick News
Intertitle (from 2009-2015)
Also known asNick News Special Edition
GenreNewsmagazine
Created byLinda Ellerbee
Presented byLinda Ellerbee
Opening themeJoseph Curiale
Ending themeJoseph Curiale
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons24
No. of episodes178
Production
Executive producers
  • Linda Ellerbee
  • Rolfe Tessem
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
  • Lucky Duck Productions[1]
  • Nickelodeon Productions
DistributorViacom Enterprises
(1993-1994)
Paramount Domestic Television
(1994-1999)
ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Original releaseApril 18, 1992 (1992-04-18) –
December 15, 2015 (2015-12-15)

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (formerly titled Nick News W/5 and sometimes shortened to Nick News) is an American educational television news magazine aimed at children and teenagers. It was produced and aired on Nickelodeon from 1992 to 2015, as well as on Nickelodeon's sister network Noggin from 1999 to 2002. Nick News took the form of a highly rated and recognized news program for children and teenagers alike, discussing important social, political and economic issues in a format intended for both children and adults. With 178 episodes from 1992 to 2015, it formally held the record for longest-running Nickelodeon series, until SpongeBob SquarePants with over 268 episodes.

The show is known for allowing normal American teenagers to speak out on their own personal opinions on a number of past and current worldwide issues and topics, including events such as Black History Month.

Linda Ellerbee

Ellerbee in 1978
Ellerbee in 1978

Nick News has been hosted by Linda Ellerbee since the show's inception in 1992. Ellerbee was one of five candidates auditioned over the course of two weeks. She was chosen because her competitors were "too loud and obnoxious", claimed one of the show's set designers. According to Ellerbee: "I was honored when I was named the host of Nick News. The show will be about kids and their everyday lives." Ellerbee has never missed an episode due to illness. The show is officially known as Nick News with Linda Ellerbee. Throughout the years, Nick News has featured special guests of honor, such as Al Gore, Faith Hill, Rosie O'Donnell, Magic Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Dr. Phil.

History

Nick News was originally known as Nick News W/5 until the show's "who, what, when, where, and why" type format was dropped.

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee has been telecast on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. and later 8:30 p.m. on Nickelodeon, and ran in repeats at various timeslots. Nick News was #1 in the ratings on Nickelodeon in 1992–1993, and has never gone below #6 in the ratings, making it one of the most consistently highly rated news shows on TV. The show was also telecast in primetime on CBS on Saturdays from 1993 until 1996. From 1993 to 1997, the first-run syndicated version of the show—distributed by Viacom Enterprises (now CBS Media Ventures)—aired on local stations—both independent and network-affiliated—all over the United States of America. The show won two Peabody Awards, one in 1991 and one in 1994,[2] and Linda Ellerbee won a Personal Award in 1998 for her work on the show.[3]

The show also previously appeared on early weekday mornings, fully commercial-free as a part of the television cable industry's Cable in the Classroom initiative, which urged teachers from schools across the globe to tape episodes of Nick News and show them to their classes during school hours.

The show was a regular part of the lineup on the Noggin channel, one of Nickelodeon's sister networks, from February 1999 until March 2002.[4]

TeenNick aired two episodes of the show in repeats on both October 25, 2010 and February 15, 2011, and also aired once as part of their nightly block The Splat from November 5–6 (Election Day 2016 weekend).

Nick News is well known for many trademarks during its run on Nickelodeon, such as Ellerbee's signature tagline, "If you want to know, ask!"

After nearly 25 years on the air, an hour-long finale titled "Hello, I Must Be Going: 25 Years of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” aired on Nickelodeon on December 15, 2015. The episode featured clips from older episodes of the series.[5] The final episode was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program, a category for which the series had been nominated 22 times, with nine wins across the series's 23-year history.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]

Revival

On June 23, 2020, Nickelodeon announced that it would be reviving Nick News in a series of hour-long specials. The first installment, titled Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special, premiered on June 29 and was hosted by U.S. musician Alicia Keys. Kids, Race and Unity was made in direct response to the wave of protests and unrest following the murder of George Floyd, with its purpose being to "amplify the voices and experiences of Black children across the country". A number of special guests appeared on the program, including Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi; teen activist Marley Dias, founder of the #1000BlackGirlsBook campaign; 12-year-old singer and viral sensation Keedron Bryant; Ibram X. Kendi, author of Antiracist Baby; Teens4Equality founders Jade Fuller, Nya Collins, Zee Thomas, Kennedy Green, Emma Rose Smith and Mikayla Smith; social media star Tabitha Brown and her family; and family therapist, Dr. George James.[25][26]

On October 6, 2020, CBS's 60 Minutes veteran Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson joined Nickelodeon as executive producer of the Nick News revival, as well as the newly-developed Vice President of News Programming for the channel.[27][28]

Notable episodes

In 1993, a then-12-year-old Meghan Markle was featured after writing letters to get a company to change a national television commercial she viewed as sexist.

In 1993, there was an episode on global warming entitled "Plan it for the Planet". On December 9, 2007, Nick News had shown another global warming special entitled "A Global Warning From the Kids of the World". Both specials looked at different regions of the Earth like Australia, Alaska, the Netherlands, the Philippines, California and Kenya, showing the changes in the climate and the effects of those changes. During the later part of the December 9, 2007, episode, Nobel Prize winner Al Gore talked to children about the issues that global warming is causing for ordinary people.

In 2002, Nick News celebrated its 10th anniversary, adds with a special called "Happy Birthday, Nick News". It featured many flashbacks from the first 10 years of Nick News.

On June 18, 2002, Nickelodeon showed "Nick News Special Edition: My Family Is Different". This had one of the largest audiences in Nick News' history. The show featured regular children talking about different issues that have had a major effect on their personal lives, including hate crimes, child abuse and sexual harassment. During this episode, openly lesbian parent Rosie O'Donnell appeared on Nick News to talk with the children and Ellerbee about being different, with other well-known people as well. The show has also included children from households across the globe that oppose LGBT rights, as well as conservative commentator Jerry Falwell.[29]

On October 12, 2008, an episode called "Nickelodeon's Kids Pick the President" featured children from across the United States asking political, economic and health care questions of Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, as part of a way for American children to choose. Obama was chosen as the winner in that year's Kids Pick the President poll.[30]

Neil Young appeared in an episode with his son who was diagnosed with autism and their love of model trains.[31]

Video releases

VHS Release Date Notes
A Conversation with Magic 1992 Barr Media Group
VHS Release Date Notes
Stranger Danger 1994 Sony Wonder
VHS Release Date Notes
Clearing the Air 1995 Sony Wonder
VHS Release Date Notes
When Bad Things Happen 1995 Sony Wonder
DVD Release Date Notes
Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics April 25, 2012[32] Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R

References

  1. ^ Harper Collins Publishing. "Linda Ellerbee". Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  2. ^ Peabody Awards for Nick News, accessed September 2014.
  3. ^ 58th Annual Peabody Awards, May 1999.
  4. ^ "Muppet Central News - New CTW network Noggin premieres". www.muppetcentral.com. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  5. ^ "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Host Retiring; Last Episode Airs December 15th". TV Series Finale. December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  6. ^ Television Academy
  7. ^ Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Never Again?|Television Academy
  8. ^ Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Coming Out|Television Academy
  9. ^ Nick News Special Edition: The Clinton Crisis|Television Academy
  10. ^ Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Do Something! Caring For The Kids Of Katrina|Television Academy
  11. ^ Nick News Special Edition, Divorce: Caught in the|Television Academy
  12. ^ Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: The Untouchable Kids Of India|Television Academy
  13. ^ Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Private Worlds: Kids And Autism|Television Academy
  14. ^ Nick News Special: Clearing The Air -- Kids Talk T|Television Academy
  15. ^ Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Hello, I Must Be Going! 25 Years Of Nick News With Linda Ellerbee|Television Academy
  16. ^ Nick News With Linda Ellerbee - Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home|Television Academy
  17. ^ Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Under The Influence: Kids Of Alcoholics|Television Academy
  18. ^ Nick News With Linda Ellerbee - The Face Of Courage: Kids Living With Cancer|Television Academy
  19. ^ Nick News Special Edition: The Iraq Question: Amer|Television Academy
  20. ^ Nick News Special Edition: Faces Of Hope: The Kids|Television Academy
  21. ^ Nick News Special Edition: My Family Is Different|Television Academy
  22. ^ Nick News Special Edition - Courage To Live: Kids,|Television Academy
  23. ^ Nick News Special Edition - There's No Place Like|Television Academy
  24. ^ Nick News Special Edition: What Are You Staring At|Television Academy
  25. ^ Joe Otterson (June 23, 2020). "Nickelodeon to Revive Nick News for Special on Race Hosted by Alicia Keys". Variety. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  26. ^ "Nickelodeon Brings Back 'Nick News' With 'Kids, Race and Unity' Special". TheWrap. 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  27. ^ "Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson Joins Nickelodeon as Vice President of News Programming and Executive Producer of Net's Rebooted Nick News". Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson Joins Nickelodeon as Vice President of News Programming and Executive Producer of Net’s Rebooted Nick News. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  28. ^ "'60 Minutes' Veteran to Head News at Nickelodeon | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  29. ^ NICKELODEON UNDER FIRE FOR A SPECIAL ON GAY PARENTS - Sun Sentinel
  30. ^ "Nickelodeon". Nick.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  31. ^ Mark Lyons & Linda Ellerbee - Nick News - 1994 Peabody Award Acceptance Speech - Peabody Awards on YouTube
  32. ^ "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee – Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics: Movies & TV". Amazon. 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2013-08-01.