‘The A-Team’ Joins MeTV Lineup

New All-Black Female Driven Series ‘Finding Happy’ Highlights Bounce’s Upcoming Originals Slate

E.W. Scripps-owned Bounce, the broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, unveiled its upcoming original programming schedule. The lineup features an all-new original series about Black women that is written, produced, directed by and starring Black women, Finding Happy. Overview: New original scripted series: Finding Happy (fall 2022) Returning series: Johnson (July 10) New original […]

Upfront 2022: Sinclair Seeks 20% Of Cable Budgets For Its Over The Air Channels

Sinclair Broadcast Group wants advertisers to move 20% of their cable ad budgets into its free over-the-air digital networks to capture cord-cutters. In addition to its slew of TV stations, Sinclair owns Comet, Charge and TBD, collectively branded as The Stack. In its upfront pitch, Sinclair is informing buyers that those cord-cutters leaving cable aren’t just moving to streaming channels; they’re also buying antennas to watch familiar shows — soon to include Buffy the Vampire Slayer — for free on its diginets.

‘Planet Of The Apes’ Marathon Brings Record Viewing To Sinclair’s Comet

Frndly TV Inks Deal To Add Weigel Diginets

The live streaming platform Frndly TV has signed a deal with Weigel Broadcasting to add five of Weigel’s diginets to its lineup of streaming services. The deal includes Weigel’s MeTV, H&I (Heroes & Icons), Decades, Start TV, and the new Story Television national network. MeTV and the new Story Television network launched on Frndly TV on March 28 with the others to follow.

Sinclair’s Charge! Gains Carriage With Dish Network And Optimum

Charge!, one of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s over-the-air multicast networks, has added carriage with Dish Network and Altice USA’s Optimum cable systems, adding distribution to about 10 million homes. Subscribers to Dish with an internet connected box will be able to watch Charge!, as will subscribers to Dish’s Sling TV streaming service.

Weigel Launching Story Television Network

The new OTA network will feature factual and historical programming. It debuts on Hearst, Marquee, Maranatha and Weigel subchannels nationwide on March 28.

Fox Weather Expands To Owned Stations

Fox Weather will be available to viewers on Fox Television Stations’ subchannels in 17 markets and select simulcast hours on Fox-owned duopoly stations across the country. It will also be available on YouTube TV, Amazon News, The Roku Channel, fuboTV and Xumo.

MeTV Signs Licensing Deals For Svengoolie, Toony The Tuna Merchandise

Bounce’s ‘Saints & Sinners’ To Wrap With Sixth And Final Season

MeTV Moves Up ‘Full House’ Premiere Following Bob Saget’s Death

MeTV Fast-Tracks Adding ‘Full House’ To Schedule After Bob Saget’s Death

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH ADAM SYMSON

Scripps’ Symson: Omicron Won’t Stop Spot TV’s Upward Trajectory

E.W. Scripps President and CEO Adam Symson weighs in on the company’s streaming and diginet strategies, ad tech’s performance, Newsy’s overhaul and the ever-present threat of ransomware attacks against broadcasters in part one of a two-part exclusive interview.

Bounce Postpones Trumpet Awards Amid Growing COVID-19 Cases

Cozi TV Adds ‘Gimme A Break!’ And ‘Amen’ Starting Jan. 3

Nell Harper and Deacon Frye have found a new television home for the New Year. Beginning Monday, Jan. 3, fans of Gimme a Break! and Amen can now enjoy their favorite episodes every weekday afternoon on Cozi TV, starting at 3 p.m. ET. Meredith McGinn, executive vice president, diginets and original production, said: “We are thrilled to add the straight-talking, […]

MeTV Celebrates 100 Years Of Betty White

The classic TV diginet MeTV, will wish Betty White a happy 100th birthday with a special presentation of episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show featuring White as Sue Ann Nivens, the relentlessly perky star of The Happy Homemaker at WJM-TV in Minneapolis, Minn. The role earned her two Emmy Awards as Best Supporting Actress […]

Decades Has ‘Carol Burnett’ On Christmas, ‘Twilight Zone’ On New Year’s

Scripps Networks Ups Cheryle Harrison To Head Bounce

She will now oversee the overall strategic vision for African American-focused diginet, including brand strategy, programing, marketing, social media, digital and community relations.

Cozi TV Adds ‘Heartland’ To Sunday Lineup

Starting Sunday, Oct. 10, Cozi TV viewers will now be able to enjoy the family-drama television series Heartland. The newest addition to Cozi TV’s lineup of programming will hold a regular timeslot on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each week. This Sunday’s Cozi TV premiere will include episodes from Season 1. Meredith McGinn, NBCUniversal […]

Law&Crime Launching Second Syndicated Series ‘Prime Crime’

Law&Crime Network said it is launching a second syndicated program, Prime Crime, the week of September. Its first syndicated show, Law&Crime Daily, has been renewed for a second season.

Tegna Launches Quest Streaming App

The new app offers on-demand programming from the Quest diginet’s catalog of factual entertainment, science, history and engineering programs, as well as adventure-reality series.

Nexstar Launching Sports Wagering Diginet

Nexstar Media and SportsGrid Inc., this morning unveiled SportsGrid Network, a diginet devoted to sports wagering and fantasy sports. SportsGrid Network will debut Sept. 1. Nexstar will distribute it in nine of its markets where it has space on subchannels: San Francisco, Washington, Tampa, Portland, Nashville, Norfolk, Grand Rapids, Knoxville and Des Moines.

Nexstar Hires DJ Rick Dees As Voice Of Rewind TV

Weigel Taps Donna D’Alessandro As EVP Of Content

The programming vet comes on board after nine years at Discovery Inc., most recently as SVP of factual programming for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel.

Jonathan Katz Leaving Scripps For New Venture

Jonathan Katz, who launched Bounce TV, rebooted Court TV and sold his digital over-the-air startup to E.W. Scripps for $302 million in 2017, has resigned from Scripps to start a new company.

Cozi TV Adding ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’

The sitcom starring John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart and Joseph Gordon-Levitt joins the multicast network with a Season 1 marathon on July 18.

Defy TV Launches On WDBD Jackson Subchannel

American Spirit Media’s Fox affiliate WDBD Jackson, Miss., has added the new Scripps diginet Defy TV. This new network on ch. 40.5 joins WDBD’s roster of multicast offerings that include Justice on ch. 40.4, Grit on ch. 40.3 and Antenna TV on ch. 40.2 for viewers using antennas. The station said: “We are proud to […]

Defy TV And TrueReal To Debut Today

The two newest Scripps Networks unveil their schedules with Defy targeting men 25-54 and TrueReal focusing on women 25-54. Both will be available to 92% of the United States.

MeTV To Pair ‘Monk’ And ‘Columbo’ On Sundays

More Stations Turning To Multicast Networks To Reach Cord Cutters

As viewers watch more streaming video content and cancel their cable/satellite subscriptions, broadcast station owners have been doubling down on free ad supported over-the-air television by launching free over-the-air digital multicast networks. Among the station groups on the diginets bandwagon are Scripps, Sinclair, Tegna, Nexstar, CBS and NBCU.

Sinclair Pushes Its ‘Stack’ Of Diginets

While many in the TV business are investing billions in subscription streaming services, big broadcasters are focusing on free over-the-air digital channels. Sinclair Broadcast Group has been investing in its digital channels — Comet TV, Charge and TBD — and is seeing a healthy increase in advertising revenue since getting ratings from Nielsen and upgrading their programming. In June, for example, Charge is adding CSI: Miami to its schedule. “What we’ve tried to do with these networks is level up the programming to make them general-market worthy,” Scott Ehrlich, Sinclair SVP, growth networks and content, said.

Nexstar To Launch Rewind TV On Sept. 1

The new multicast network will air classic TV hits from the 1980s and 1990s designed to attract Gen X viewers, much like its Antenna TV does for baby boomers with its 1960s and ’70s programming.

Scripps To Offer Newsy As Free, OTA Network

Beginning Oct. 1, Newsy will be available over the air in at least 80% of U.S. television homes — and in all major markets — carried primarily by Scripps-owned Ion stations and select Scripps stations plus those of other station groups.

Allen Media Group’s This TV Adds ABC O&Os

The diginet is now carried on eight ABC-owned station subchannels in major markets Including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Tegna Debuts Female-Focused Twist Multicast Network

The new channel, available in 43 of the top 50 markets, features home, food and lifestyle programs plus dramatic reality shows.

Younger Diginet Demos And Shoppable TV

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Brian Weiss, president and GM of Tegna’s multicast networks, about diginets’ younger skewing audience, and with Evan Moore, VP of commerce partnerships at NBCUniversal, about the growing phenomenon of shoppable TV.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH LISA KNUTSON

TVN Executive Session | Scripps’ National Networks See The Future In ‘Self-Bundling’

Lisa Knutson, president of E.W. Scripps’ national networks, says the company is targeting cord-cutting viewers who are pairing a handful of paid streaming subscriptions with free over-the-air options and “assembling their own TV packages.” Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

Peacock Adds Law&Crime Network In Advance Of George Floyd Murder Trial

Scripps To Take Over-The Air Nets Over-The-Top

The E.W. Scripps Co., which acquired Ion Media in part for the broadcast spectrum controlled by Ion, said it plans to take its digital multicast networks over-the-top to cash in on the streaming gold rush. “We don’t really see it as being an either-or sort of proposition for consumers,” said Scripps CEO Adam Symson during an investor day presentation to analysts Wednesday.

Scripps To Launch Two More Diginets

The Doozy and Defy TV multicast reality networks will launch on July 1. Doozy targets women 25-54 and Defy TV aims for men 25-54.