That’s the goal of Steve Schiffman, Lonnie Cooper, John Ford and Barry Wallach who are moving the Justice Network diginet in that direction since its launch in 2015. It’s now at about 60% U.S. coverage. To fill its programming grid, Justice has tapped into a vast reservoir of low-cost “factual” crime shows originally produced for cable over the past decade-and-a-half in addition to two originals. Above, John Walsh, the public face of the network, with Sergeant Ralph Woolfolk of the Atlanta Police Department. (Justice Network photo by Ray Sullivan.) This is the second installment of a three-part Special Report. Part 1 appeared Tuesday morning, while Part 3 on technology will run Thursday before noon ET. You can read all the stories here.
Pickups by Hearst, Tribune, Media General, Gray and Univision in addition to Tegna mean the true crime diginet is now available 24 of the top 30 markets.
The true-crime talk show that has already lined up a test run on Sinclair stations now adds tests on some Tegna and Scripps stations as well.
Basically a promotion for the multi-state scratch-off lottery game of the same name, the syndicated Monopoly Millionaires’ Club is set to launch season 2 as a half-hour on Saturdays and Sundays in 95% of the markets in the 44 states that permit lotteries.
Former NBCU syndication head Barry Wallach is now looking to clear in as many TV homes as he can the Justice Network, one of the newcomers to the volatile business of multicasting. In this Q&A, Wallach talks about the network’s fast start and unique programming mix.This is Part One of a four-part special report on multicasting running this week. Tomorrow, in Part Two, TVNewsCheck looks at the proliferation of new targeted networks like Justice.
Barry Wallach has resigned as president, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution, a job he’s held since May 2004, citing personal reasons. There will be no immediate replacement for Wallach, with NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert evaluating how best tp replace Wallach.