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

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

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 […]

Rewind TV Debuts Today Across 50M Homes

The new diginet from Nexstar begins airing classic TV programming from the 1980s and 1990s in markets covering 40% of the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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.

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 […]

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.

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’