The diginet will return to Little Rock where it was launched by the bankrupt Equity Media as an affiliate of Allbritton’s ABC affiliate there.
Retro Television Network is going home again.
The digital broadcast network, which was launched by the now-bankrupt Equity Media Holdings in Little Rock, Ark., says it will return to the state capital by July 1 and as an affiliate of Allbritton Communications KATV there.
KATV is one of five Allbritton Communications stations that has chosen to air RTN and its classic TV lineup on a digital subchannel. KATV’s primary network is ABC.
“RTN is a great solution for our stations to successfully monetize their digital opportunities while maintaining the flexibility to localize each feed with local news, weather and sports,” said James Killen VP of sales for Allbritton in a prepared statement.
RTN is also carried by Allbritton’s WJLA Washington, WHTM Harrisburg-Lancaster, Pa.; KTUL Tulsa, Okla.; and WSET Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va.
After Equity Media got into financial hot water last year, it spun off RTN to one of its investors, Henry Luken.
The network subsequently moved to a new facility near Luken’s offices in Chattanooga, Tenn.
“This is an exciting time for RTN said as we have added several dozen new markets over the last few months from our new facility in Chattanooga,” said RTN’s Neal Ardman.