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The McLaughlin Group will return to TV in 2018



The McLaughlin Group will return to TV in 2018

From January 1982 until his death in August 2016 John McLaughlin hosted a roundtable political discussion program with other political commentators (from left to right) about the current events in American politics. It aired on a handful of commercial TV stations (including flagship stations WRC-TV and later WUSA-TV, the studios used to tape the broadcast), but the majority of the program’s clearance was through PBS member stations, though not distributed by PBS itself but by member station WTTW in Chicago.

What made “The McLaughlin Group” successful was that it was not a laid back rational so-called discussion program like WETA’s long-running “Washington Week” (and is distributed by PBS itself), but rather a show in which the panelists are allowed to express their passions and try to outshout one another to prove their case.

Even though we can’t bring back McLaughlin, it has been finally decided that his namesake program should carry on. The new moderator/host will be one-time panelist Tom Rogan who currently writes for The Washington Examiner. The revived series is scheduled to air on WJLA-TV which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. No word on if the show will be aired on all of the company’s owned stations and/or other distribution agreements that have been made.

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‘McLaughlin Group’ to return in 2018 iconic political panel show, “The McLaughlin Group” is set to return to the airwaves on Jan. 7, according to an announcement by Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate WJLA.

Tom Rogan, a mentee of the late legendary host John McLaughlin, will be taking over as moderator.

Longtime panelists Eleanor Clift, Pat Buchanan and Clarence Page will also be returning to the program.

Someone who wants to be a voice for liberty and freedom. Telecom (Radio/TV) Pikes Peak Community College 1993-1998, BS Journalism, minor Political Science, Colorado State University-Pueblo 1999-2004

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  1. Don McCullen

    January 14, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Update: The (New) McLaughlin Group can be streamed on YouTube via their website.

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