Tribune’s classic TV multicast network is now cleared on 125 affiliates reaching 88% of U.S. TV households.
Tribune’s Antenna TV diginet has added 26 new affiliates over the last 6-8 weeks — an increase brought about, at least in part, by the anticipated arrival of vintage Johnny Carson shows on the TV-oldies channel starting Jan. 1.
“The Carson announcement definitely captured [stations’] attention,” said Sean Compton, president of strategic programming and acquisitions for Tribune Broadcasting, in an interview with TVNewsCheck. He was referring to the widely reported announcement in August that Antenna TV had acquired the rights to air episodes of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in a deal with Carson Entertainment Group. The classic Carson shows — which haven’t been seen since they first aired on NBC — will air at 11 p.m. ET weeknights.
Antenna TV announced today that its affiliate lineup has grown to 125 in recent months to reach 88% of U.S. TV households. The new affiliates for the Tribune-owned diginet include stations owned by Sinclair, Tegna, Red River Broadcast Co., Deerfield Media and Gocom Media, the company said.
The new Antenna affiliates include: WPGH Pittsburgh; WNUV Baltimore; WZTV Nashville; WSYX Columbus, Ohio; WSTR Cincinnati; WLOS Greenville-Spartanburg, N.C.; WTCN West Palm Beach, Fla.; WTTO Birmingham, Ala.; WTLV Jacksonville, Fla.; KTHV Little Rock, Ark.; KTUL Tulsa, Okla.; WKEF Dayton, Ohio; WCHS Charleston-Huntington, W.Va.; WLUK Green Bay, Wis; WSMH Flint, Mich.; WUHF Rochester, N.Y.; WMNT Toledo, Ohio; WLTX Columbia, S.C.; WCSH Portland-Auburn, Maine; WRSP Champaign, Ill.; KCEN Waco, Texas; WTGS Savannah, Ga.; KDLT Sioux Falls, S.D.; KVRR Fargo, N.D.; and KQDS Duluth, Minn.
“In the four years since Antenna TV has launched there has been a great response from viewers enjoying the classic programming, and from stations seeing an increase in revenue,” Compton said in a statement. “This latest round of affiliates adds 16 million additional households to Antenna TV’s reach and we are looking forward to continued growth for the network.”
Antenna TV’s lineup of classic shows includes The Jeffersons, All in the Family, Family Ties, Leave It To Beaver and Mr. Ed.