Decades to rebrand as Catchy Comedy
Weigel-owned Decades, broadcast locally on KRIV 26.2, is rebranding to Catchy Comedy next month, according to Variety.
The new format, starting March 27, will focus on classic comedies with an emphasis on female-led programs.
Azteca America goes off the air
Azteca America, once the third-largest Hispanic TV network in the US, shut down operations on December 31. The local broadcast on KYAZ 5.3 has been replaced by a simulcast of MeTV+, also airing on 51.2.
Newsy to rebrand as “Scripps News”
The Newsy digital channel is planning a rebrand to tie in with its parent, E.W. Scripps. TV Newscheck reports the rebrand to “Scripps News” will occur on January 1.
Newsy airs locally on Scripps-owned KPXB 49.7.
Oxygen is in the air, and on the air!
The previously spotted new subchannel on KTMD 47.5 is now active, showing Oxygen True Crime. I compared it to the cable channel and different programs are airing on the two. I don’t know if it’s the West Coast feed, or an entirely new program stream.
Oxygen coming to KTMD?
NBCUniversal-owned KTMD has provisioned a new subchannel 47.5. It’s only broadcasting a blank screen right now, but the PSIP short channel name is displaying “OXYGEN”.
I have not seen any announcement of the NBCUniversal-owned true-crime cable channel coming to broadcast TV. Keep an eye out for launch!
GetTV gets new home; Fox Weather on the air
General entertainment channel GetTV, currently seen on KFTH 67.2, has popped up on the previously-vacant KPRC 2.5, No word yet on when or if 67.2 will be vacated.
Also, the previously-teased Fox Weather has launched on KRIV 26.3.
Thanks to reader “none hereagain” for the tip.
CourtTV Mystery has been Ion-ized
The Scripps-owned CourtTV Mystery, airing locally on KXLN 45.3, has been rebranded to Ion Mystery, aligning it with its other Ion-branded channels.
Cox Media Group to acquire KHOU, KTBU, other Tegna TV stations in complex deal
This morning, a deal was announced that will see investment firm Standard General acquire Tegna. Following this deal will be a complex series of spinoffs that will see Tegna’s Texas stations wind up with Cox Media Group.
On the TV side, Cox picks up Tegna’s KHOU and KTBU in Houston, WFAA and KMPX in Dallas-Fort Worth, and KVUE in Austin, along with Standard’s KBSI in Cape Girardeau, Mo., KLKN in Lincoln, Neb., WDKA in Paducah, Ky., and WLNE New Bedford, Mass./Providence, R.I. Standard will be acquiring Cox’s WFXT Boston.
The deal is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, and is expected to close later in the year.
Here’s the Story of a brand new network
ar on Weigel Broadcasting, owner of MeTV, MeTV Plus, Heroes and Icons, Movies! (co-owned with Fox) and Decades (co-owned by CBS), is launching a new non-fiction based subchannel, Story Television, on March 28.
Although no definite announcement has been made, expect it to air on a subchannel of Weigel-owned KYAZ 51.
Follow the bouncing subchannels
There’s been a bit of a shuffle on the subchannel front over the past few days.
Court TV is no longer on KPXB 49.2. It is still on KIAH 39.5.
Taking Court TV’s place on KPXB 49.2 is Bounce, which bounces over from KHOU 11.2.
KHOU has shuffled ShopLC from 11.8 to 11.2. The space on 11.8 is currently filled by a simulcast of Twist, which is also on 11.4.