LeVar Burton Joins ‘National Spelling Bee’ As Scripps Hopes For Buzz

Can the venerable Scripps National Spelling Bee take on the look of a Winter Olympics or American Idol? Its backers are about to find out. Organizers of the event, which has kept Americans trying to figure out how to connect the right letters for words ranging from “sanitarium” to “xanthosis” for nearly a century, want to add new elements to the mix that might make the contest look less like something for elementary-school students and more like America’s Got Talent.

Cedric The Entertainer-Produced Dramedy ‘Johnson’ Set At Bounce TV

Bounce TV Acquires The Trumpet Awards

The annual event is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Jan. 29. In addition, Jeff Johnson will oversee event relations and Bounce TV community affairs.

Bounce TV To Promote Streaming With Marathon

To celebrate the launch of Bounce TV’s new subscription-video-on-demand service Brown Sugar and give viewers a taste of the new service, Bounce TV will present a 14-hour, seven-movie marathon of titles featured on Brown Sugar, on Sat. Dec. 10, starting at 4 p.m. ET. The lineup (all times Eastern): The Take (4 p.m.) — Billy […]

Bounce TV Originals Go International

The African-American focused diginet announces inaugural syndication licensing agreements with Viacom International Media Networks and Afrostream.

Bounce TV Launches Brown Sugar Streaming Service

Featuring what it calls “the biggest collection of the baddest African-American movies of all time,” a new subscription,video-on-demand streaming service, Brown Sugar, launches today. Brown Sugar, owned by Bounce TV, features an extensive library of iconic black movies, all unedited and commercial-free as they were originally seen in theaters. In the early 1970s, movies began […]

Bounce TV To Bring Back ‘Cosby Show’ Reruns

ATLANTA (AP) — Reruns of “The Cosby Show” are returning to television, even as the comedian’s sexual assault trial looms next year. Bounce TV has announced in social media posts that it will resume airing reruns of the 1980s sitcom on Dec. 19. Atlanta-based Bounce claims to be the first TV network designed and programmed […]

Where The Real TV Growth Is: Down The Dial

The Big Five plus Univision have all suffered ratings declines with 18-49s this season. But Telemundo and a host of smaller networks are growing.

Bounce Affils Slot ‘Ed Gordon’ On Primary Channels

Nearly 30 stations and counting will run the HD series premiere episode of diginet Bounce TV’s first news magazine, Ed Gordon, on their primary channels starting this week. The opportunity allows stations to promote their carriage of Bounce while encouraging sampling of the series. WUAB Cleveland, WMYD Detroit, WVUE New Orleans, WMC Memphis, WXIX Cincinnati, WFLX West Palm Beach […]

Bounce TV To Premiere ‘Ed Gordon’ News Mag

Journalist Ed Gordon returns to primetime television on Tuesday, Sept. 13, as Bounce TV premieres its first news magazine, Ed Gordon, at 10 p.m. ET. Gordon serves as executive producer and host of the new Bounce TV original series, sitting down for interviews with top headline makers, entertainers and pop cultural figures. Ed Gordon will also include investigative pieces, celebrity profiles, current event […]


Broadcasters Unite For La. Flood Relief Concert


WFRV Adding Bounce TV To Its Multicast Lineup

Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s CBS affiliate WFRV Green Bay-Appleton, Wis. (DMA 68), said today it plans to introduce a new channel on Sept. 1. Katz Broadcasting’s Bounce TV will launch on ch. 5.2. Commenting on the launch, Mike Smith, the station’s VP-GM, said: “WFRV Local 5 is dedicated to anticipating the evolving needs and serving the […]


WAFB’s Town Hall Meeting Airs Nationwide

Bounce’s ‘In the Cut’ Premiere To Air On Some Primary Channels

Multicast network Bounce TV will world premiere the second season of its original comedy series In the Cut on Tuesday, July 5, at 9 p.m. ET. As it did with its Saints & Sinners and Mann & Wife, Bounce TV is offering the HD series premiere episode of In the Cut to network affiliates for airing on their primary channel between July 6 and […]

Bounce TV’s First News Mag To Debut Sept. 13

Diginet Bounce TV announced today that production has started on Ed Gordon, the African-American focused network’s first primetime news magazine, and the show’s premiere date has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 10 p.m. ET. Journalist Ed Gordon will produce and host the series of one-hour specials in which he’ll sit down for interviews […]

Katz, Bounce Boost Diginet Distribution

The expansion comes from multi-year deals for Bounce TV, Escape, Grit and Laff with Nexstar, Mission and White Knight.

Bounce TV to Air Ali Memorial Service Live

Bounce TV will carry Muhammad Ali’s farewell procession through the streets of Louisville, Ky., and his memorial service live, uninterrupted and commercial-free this Friday, June 10. Bounce TV’s coverage will begin at 9 a.m. ET with the procession, which will take Ali on a final journey through his hometown of Louisville, passing memorable landmarks in his life, including his […]

Bounce TV To Air Muhammad Ali’s ‘The Greatest’

Bounce TV will celebrate the life of Muhammad Ali with a special presentation of The Greatest, the 1977 motion picture in which Ali stars as himself, on Monday night, June 6 at 10 p.m. ET. The Greatest is a dramatization of Ali’s life and starts with his rise to fame winning the heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games, […]

Premiere Boxing Champions Back On Bounce TV

Undefeated super welterweight Kanat Islam is taking on Colombia’s Juan De Angel in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV and BounceTV.com on Sunday, May 8, from Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET and features a pair of undercard battles as unbeaten prospects Miguel Cruz (12-0, 11 KOs) and Samuel Figueroa (10-0, 4 […]


Bounce TV Upfront: Big Focus On Scripted

The African American-targeted diginet picks up its top show Saints & Sinners for a season two and renews four comedies.

Bounce Makes Programs Available Via App

The African-American network Bounce TV has launched a free mobile app, which will allow access to a wide variety of its popular programming. The Bounce TV app features full seasons of Bounce TV’s original series, including hit shows Saints & Sinners, Mann & Wife and Family Time, movies and the network’s Premier Boxing Champions – […]

New Bounce Series Offered For Primary Chs.

The black-focused multicast network is debuting its first original drama and has set a March 7-13 window during which its affiliates may carry the first episode on their primary channel.

Bounce TV To Air Trumpet Awards

The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards, celebrating and honoring history-making entertainment, humanitarian, political and philanthropic individuals, will have their world premiere on Bounce TV on Friday, Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. ET.  Actress Nia Long (The Best Man, ABC’s Uncle Buck) and Terrence J (Think Like A Man Too, The Perfect Match) hosted the black-tie ceremony, […]


OTA The Bedrock Of Katz’s Growing Diginets

Jonathan Katz, who oversees the Bounce TV, Grit, Escape and Laff multicast networks, says that all four are growing viewers and will eventually all offer at least some original programming. The brands were designed to fill a consumer need, he explains, “while helping broadcasters monetize their spectrum and do what they do best, which is serve and entertain viewers in their communities….So over-the-air TV to us is not just the original over the top with the highest reach, but it’s also the original skinny bundle at the best price point imaginable for a consumer: free.”


Bounce TV To Test New Original Series

In the Cut debuts Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. for a six-week test run. The half-hour sitcom stars Dorien Wilson and Ken Lawson.

Summer Growth For Bounce TV Viewership

Diginet Bounce TV has been the No. 1 African-American targeted television network in the delivery of overall viewers and key demos a dozen times in recent weeks, overtaking BET, according to Bounce TV. The multicast network says that between May 24 and July 19 it beat BET in total day delivery of total viewers (12 […]

Bounce TV To Air ‘Premier Boxing Champions’

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) comes to broadcast diginet Bounce TV on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. ET with the debut of a new monthly series PBC — The Next Round that will showcase the sport’s future stars and potential champions. Bounce TV will also stream the telecast live on BounceTV.com. The main event for […]

Bounce TV Drops ‘Cosby’ From Its Lineup

The African-American targeted diginet  had aired back-to-back episodes of “Cosby” each weekday at 5 p.m.

Bounce TV Renews ‘Mann & Wife’ For Season 2

The first season of the Bounce TV original series Mann & Wife starring David and Tamela Mann delivered more than 5.7 million viewers and 3.7 million homes across all plays in its first season on the air. The series premiere of Mann & Wife bowed on April 7 and quickly became the network’s most-watched original […]

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Bounce TV Now On TWC In Greensboro

Lockwood Broadcast Group’s CW affiliate WCWG Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, N.C. (DMA 46), has had its ch. 20.4 subchannel that carries Bounce TV added to Time Warner Cable, on its ch. 1260. The market, which encompasses 15 counties, is ranked 27th in the country for African-American households. Bounce television targeted to African Americans. “We’ve listened to our […]

Bounce TV Ad Inventory Available Via Spectra

Bounce TV’s inventory is being integrated into Mediaocean’s media management platform, Spectra. The move is designed to let agencies research, buy, manage and derive intelligence across all linear media.


Bounce TV Adding ‘The Bernie Mac Show’

African American-focused diginet Bounce TV today licensed the broadcast TV rights to all five seasons and 104 episodes of the Peabody- and Emmy-winning sitcom The Bernie Mac Show in a multi-year agreement with Twentieth Television. Bounce TV will air the The Bernie Mac Show Monday-Friday with back-to-back episodes from 8 to 9 p.m. ET beginning […]


Bounce TV Renews 3, Adds New Drama

African American-focused diginet Bounce TV today unveiled its programming plans for the 2015-16 upfront season, announcing a renewal of its hit comedy series Mann & Wife for a second season. The network also ordered a third season of popular sitcom Family Time and re-upped its stand-up comedy series Off The Chain for season 4.

Bounce TV Announces 17-City Comedy Tour

Based on the network’s popular stand-up comedy series, Off the Chain Live will be headlined by OTC series host Rodney Perry. The tour kicks off April 29 in Charlotte, N.C.

Bounce TV Original ‘Mann & Wife’ Premieres April 7

Real-life husband and wife team David Mann (House of Payne, Meet The Browns) and Tamela Mann (Madea’s Big Happy Family, Sparkle) are reuniting on screen, as well as behind-the-scenes as executive producers, with the debut of their new family-friendly original sitcom Mann & Wife premiering on the Bounce TV diginet on Tuesday, April 7, at 9 p.m. ET. Bounce […]

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King Asks TWC To Air Bounce TV In NYC, LA

Diginet co-founder Martin Luther King III wants the MSO to carry the subchannels airing his programming in the country’s top two markets.

Bounce TV In Deal To Broadcast Live Boxing

African-American multicast network Bounce TV has signed a multi-year deal to televise live boxing events of the new Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series. PBC The Next Round will be a monthly series, with two hours of live boxing ars.  The series will premiere on Bounce TV in July, with a schedule of fights and on-air […]

Raycom, Bounce TV To Air Selma Special

Selma: A March to Remember focuses on the personal accounts of people who were there. Leaders, participants and witnesses recount their experiences, in their own words and talk about the challenges that still persist. It will air on 42 Raycom Media owned or managed stations starting Friday, Feb. 27, and on the African-American diginet Bounce TV on March 4.


Bounce TV Honors Black History Month

Bounce TV Sets Black History Month Programming

Bounce TV will honor Black History Month in February with a month-long programming tribute featuring African-American stories, motion pictures and performances. The tribute will also include a new original short-form series of vignettes called Today’s History Makers featuring African Americans including Common, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle and Grammy-winning producer, singer and songwriter The Dream sharing […]