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.

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.

Tegna Launching Twist Diginet For Women

The new multicast channel will premiere this spring and initially include hundreds of hours of home, food and reality content, much of it featuring exciting reveals — or twists — at the end of each show.

Scripps Seeks Ion Synergies With Diginet Moves

Scripps will continue to operate the Ion Television network on its 48 Ion stations’ primary channels but will cease operations of the Ion multicast networks Ion Plus, Qubo and Shop Ion, effective Feb. 28.

Cozi TV Remembers ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Star Tanya Roberts With 3-Hour Special

On Saturday, Jan. 9, starting at 3 p.m. Cozi TV will air a three-hour special of Charlie’s Angels in remembrance of the late Tanya Roberts, who died this week at the age of 65. The special will showcase the first three episodes of season five that introduced Roberts’ character. Roberts appeared in Charlie’s Angels for one season (1980-81), playing […]

‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Starts On Start TV On Jan. 4

Cozi TV Ends 2020 With Finales, Starts 2021 With Premieres

Fox O&Os Adding TheGrio.TV To Subchannels

The latest network from Allen Media Group, targeted to African Americans, will be carried on subchannels of the 11 Fox Television Stations starting Jan. 15, 2021.

MeTV Turns 10, Adds Original Programs

COZI TV To Air ‘Halloweenathon’ Special On Oct. 31

NBC’s Diginet COZI TV invites viewers to celebrate Halloween with a holiday treat, a “Halloweenathon” special. Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, viewers can watch 22 back-to-back episodes of the iconic television series The Munsters, followed by eight straight hilarious Halloween-themed episodes of Roseanne at 8 p.m. (check local listings). “This year COZI TV is the place […]

MeTV Launching ‘Toon In With Me’ Hosted Morning Cartoon Show In 2021

The classic TV Diginet MeTV Network is introducing a new original morning show Toon In With Me. The weekday one-hour hosted series will feature original comedy sketches, special guests, interviews, games and more, produced to lead into many of the greatest classic cartoon shorts ever made. Also announced is the launch of Saturday Morning Cartoons, […]

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Joins Laff Lineup

Laff, a multicast network devoted to comedy around-the-clock, has added all nine seasons and 208 episodes of How I Met Your Mother. Laff will premiere the multiple Emmy-winning series with a two-day marathon Sunday, Sept. 6, and Monday, Sept. 7, running from 8 a.m. to midnight ET both days. How I Met Your Mother will then be seen […]

Hubbard Files Trademark Suit Against Instagram

Hubbard Broadcasting has sued Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram, accusing the social media giants of trademark infringement and unfair competition that could lead to “irreparable harm” unless the court stops them. The suit claims that Instagram’s new video file-sharing service, Reels, infringes on and dilutes the trademark of Hubbard’s long-established REELZ digital cable and satellite TV network, which reaches more than 50 million U.S. homes.

Bounce To Cover Service For Rep. John Lewis

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

TVN Focus On Business | Diginets Weather COVID-19, Holding Their Viewers

Larger multicast networks are retaining their viewers while newer players have successfully rolled out distribution.

Justice Net Relaunching As True Crime Network

Tegna’s multicast network is rebranding on July 27 as a one-stop destination for true crime content that will also offer a free, on-demand streaming service and podcasts.

MeTV Flags Objectionable Content In ‘Shows From Another Era’

National Cable Television Cooperative and Katz Networks Set Long-Term Affiliations

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and Katz Networks, part of The E.W. Scripps Co., have a multi-year affiliation agreement that makes Katz’s multicast networks Bounce, Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Grit, Laff and the streaming-service Brown Sugar available for carriage by NCTC’s more than 750 broadband and cable operators serving all 50 states. “We’re thrilled to strike […]

Sinclair Upgrades Digital Channels Comet, Charge!, TBD

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced “significant changes” to the content of three, company-owned multicast networks: Comet, Charge! and TBD. The channels, which are available to the vast majority of households across the U.S., will now carry some of the most popular classic television series, as well as TBD’s first-ever original series, The Link. The new programming […]

WDFL Brings 24/7 News To Miami With NewsNet

NewsNet, a 24-hour news diginet focused on delivering headlines without talk and opinion-based programming, has added Paramount Broadcasting’s WDFL-LD Miami (DMA 16) as an affiliate. NewsNet, launched in January 2019, follows a traditional “news wheel” format providing a quick look at the headlines every half hour. It is available in 45 markets nationwide, including New […]

Bounce Airing Star-Studded Black History Month Special

ABC’s Localish Expands With Diginet Rebrand

The digital-first lifestyle brand will add linear distribution on Feb. 17 as the multicast network Live Well Television is rebranded as Localish.

McDonald’s To Sponsor Bounce Trumpet Awards

McDonald’s USA will be the official sponsor of the 28th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards, with the 2020 Census, Denny’s and Gold Series from Pantene also participating in the evening celebrating African-American achievements and contributions that will air exclusively on Bounce on Sun, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. ET. McDonald’s sponsorship includes the Rising Star Award presented by McDonald’s, which recognizes a young person who is quickly establishing themselves by making […]

Court TV Promotes Ted Rowlands To Anchor

Court TV has promoted veteran crime and justice reporter Ted Rowlands to network anchor, effective immediately. Rowlands joins Vinnie Politan, Seema Iyer and Julie Grant helming the network’s anchor desk based at Court TV’s headquarters in Atlanta. Rowlands has been a field producer and reporter for the new Court TV since its launch this past May. […]

Circle Diginet Launches Jan. 1 With 16 Originals

The country music/lifestyle channel will debut in more than 50% of U.S. TV households on stations from Gray and CBS. A companion OTT premium service is slotted to launch in late spring 2020.

NewsNet Debuts New Studios, Morning Show, Weather System

NewsNet, the 24-hour news diginet focused on delivering headlines without talk and opinion-based programming, overhauled its on-air look this week with the debut of the first of their new studios, broadcasting from a new facility which has been under construction since May. Along with a flexible new set featuring a wide range of new technology […]

Katz Nets Taps Hudson, Kelley For Originals

David Hudson will oversee the development and production of all original programming for Katz Networks as EVP of original programming and has hired Sophia Kateris Kelley as SVP of original programming.

Escape To Be Rebranded As Court TV Mystery

The Katz Diginet adopts its new name on Sept. 30. It’s available in 94% of the U.S.

CBS Launches Dabl Diginet

CBS’s Television Distribution unit has officially launched Dabl, an ad-supported digital multicast network dedicated to what it describes as “informative, project-based, feel-good content” on lifestyle topics including cooking, home renovation, design, DIY, pets and travel. CBS announced the free-to-users network in June.

‘Dabl’ Diginet Clearances Top 80% Of The U.S.

CBS Television Distribution’s new advertiser-supported digital lifestyle network Dabl (dab·​ble) is now cleared in over 80% of the country for launch on Sept. 9. In addition to the previously announced CBS Television Stations group, which will anchor the launch, Dabl will also be distributed on the digital spectrum of television stations from groups including Sinclair, Tribune, Graham, Meredith, Quincy […]

‘Just Renting’ Joins Heartland Diginet’s Lineup

Country music and lifestyle diginet The Heartland Network, in cooperation with Just Renting Productions, is adding brand-new series Just Renting to the network’s lineup. The 30-minute series will premiere on Heartland Aug. 25, airing on Sundays and Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Just Renting will also be offered on Heartland’s free Roku live streaming channel. This new series follows a […]

MeTV Is New Home To ‘The Flintstones’

The classic animated series joins the diginet’s weekday lineup beginning Monday, Sept. 30.

Fox O&Os To Carry Weigel’s Decades Diginet

Beginning in the third quarter, Weigel Broadcasting’s Decades multicast network will be carried on Fox-owned stations in 12 major markets as part of a multiyear agreement with Fox Television Stations, LLC. The deal ups the network’s U.S. coverage to 60% with 65 TV affiliates nationwide. Decades will launch on Fox stations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis, Austin and Gainesville, Fla.

Tegna Completes Justice, Quest Purchase

It closes on the $77 million purchase of the 85% of the two diginets it didn’t own. Tegna taps Brian Weiss, former president and general manager of Cooper Media, as their president.