Grit (TV network)

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Grit
Type Digital broadcast television network
(Movies)
Country United States
Availability Nationwide via OTA digital television
(covering 86% of the U.S.)[1]
Founded April 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)
by Jonathan Katz
Slogan Television with Backbone
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Owner Katz Broadcasting, LLC
(E. W. Scripps Company)
Parent Grit Media, LLC
Key people
Jonathan Katz (president/CEO, Katz Broadcasting)
Bill Cox (SVP of programming, Grit)[2]
Launch date
August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18)[3]
Picture format
Affiliates List of Grit affiliates
Official website
www.grittv.com

Grit is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting.[4] The network features classic TV series and feature films targeted at men between the ages of 25 and 55 years old.

The network is available in many media markets via the digital subchannels of broadcast television stations and on the digital tiers of select cable providers through a local affiliate of the network.

Originally, Katz sold the network to affiliated TV stations via ad split but by October 2015 had moved to paying carriage fees in exchange for distributing the network's ad inventory.[5]1 Grit used direct response advertising as a meter of viewers before switching to Nielsen rating C-3.[5]3 It is available on Dish Network channel 217.

History

Grit was announced by Katz Broadcasting along with a sister network Escape on April 3, 2014, with a formal launch scheduled for that summer with initial affiliates announced at this time being Univision Communications owned stations.[4] On August 11, 2014, Katz announced that the two networks would launch simultaneously on August 18. Grit launched at Noon Eastern Time on that date,[6] with the 1952 film High Noon as the network's inaugural broadcast, leading off a week-long festival of John Wayne films.[3]

Katz estimated, based on direct response advertising business by September 2015, the network had over 250,000 prime time viewer and available in 91 million homes and 81% of the country. At that time, Grit along with its sister network, Escape, were signing up for national ratings from Nielsen. Previously handling the network's direct response advertising, Marathon Ventures would continue after the change over with advertising and sponsorship sales.[7]

Programming

Grit's program schedule is a mix of action/adventure television series and westerns such as Death Valley Days, Laramie, and Zane Grey Theatre, and movies encompassingthe aforementioned genres.[8]

Katz Broadcasting president and CEO Jonathan Katz based the demographic-targeted concept of Escape and Grit after Bounce TV, a network Katz co-founded with Martin Luther King III and Andrew Young in 2011 that is targeted at African American audiences. Katz stated Grit and Escape are "the country’s first ever male-centric and female-centric broadcast networks," featuring different programming from other classic television multicast networks that Katz referred to as "generic brands with generic names, created by studios to serve the studios."[9]

Movies

Grit's program schedule features an extensive library of films through multi-year program licensing agreements with several major film studios: Warner Bros. Pictures,[10] Universal Pictures,[11] Paramount Pictures [12] and Sony Pictures Entertainment.[13]

Affiliates

As of June 2016, Grit has current or pending affiliation agreements with television stations covering approximately 78% of the United States.[14]

When the network was first announced, Grit entered into an affiliation agreement with Univision Communications, which launched the network in 24 markets served by a station owned by the group or operated through local marketing agreements with Entravision Communications – giving Grit affiliates in 12 of the 20 largest U.S. television markets (including markets such as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas-Fort Worth). The network immediately sought carriage on the digital subchannels of television stations owned by other broadcasting companies;[4] on June 17, 2014, Katz signed group deals to carry Grit on stations owned and/or operated by Raycom Media in 26 markets.[15]

On July 17, 2014, Katz announced affiliation deals with the Cox Media Group to carry Grit on WFTV in Orlando and KMYT-TV in Tulsa; as well as KJWP in the Philadelphia market, and Citadel Communications-owned stations in Providence (WLNE-TV) and Lincoln (KLKN). It also expanded its affiliation deal with Univision Communications to add stations in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Phoenix to the network's originally announced Univision-owned charter affiliates.[16][17]

On October 9, 2014, the Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it would carry the network on stations it owns and/or operates in 47 markets.[18] The deal lasted for three years, and Sinclair dropped the network on their stations from February 2017 until the start of 2018 in preference for their co-owned network with MGM (and Grit's most direct competitor), Charge!.

On November 16, 2015, Katz announced an affiliation deal with Media General adding the network to five more markets.[19]

On June 15, 2016, Katz announced a more affiliation deal with Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Cordillera Communications's KATC-TV.[20]

List of affiliates

Starting July 23, 2018

City of license/market Station[21] Virtual
channel
Owner Launch date Notes †

Alabama

Birmingham WBRC 6.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014
Huntsville WAFF 48.3
Montgomery WSFA 12.3
Mobile-Pensacola-
Fort Walton Beach
WJTC 44.2 Deerfield Media January 1, 2015
Ozark (Dothan) WDFX-TV 34.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014

Arizona

Phoenix KASW 61.3 Nexstar Media Group August 2016
KTVW-DT 33.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Tucson KOLD-TV 13.3 Raycom Media

Arkansas

Fayetteville KNWA-TV 51.3 Nexstar Media Group September 2016

California

Hanford (Fresno) KFTV-DT 21.4 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Ontario (Los Angeles) KFTR-DT 46.4
Vallejo (San Francisco
OaklandSan Jose)
KFSF-DT 66.4
San Francisco-OaklandSan Jose KRON-DT 4.4 Nexstar Media Group
MontereySalinas KMMD-CD 39.3 Caballero Television January 22, 2018
San Diego (San Diego) KFMB-TV 8.3 TEGNA Inc July 2016
Santa Maria (Santa Barbara) KCOY-TV 12.3 News-Press & Gazette Company March 30, 2018
Stockton (Sacramento) KTFK-DT 64.4 Univision Communications

Colorado

Sterling (Denver) KCDO-TV 3.2 Channel 3 TV Company LLC

Connecticut

New Haven WCTX 59.2 Nexstar Media Group

Delaware

Wilmington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) WDPN-TV 2.3 Maranatha Broadcasting Company, Inc. August 18, 2014

Florida

Fort Myers WGPS-LP 22.6 WGPS of Southwest Florida, LLC
Jacksonville WRCZ-LD 35.1 DTV America Corporation October 2, 2017
Hollywood (Miami) WAMI-DT 69.4 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Orlando WRDQ 27.4 Cox Media Group April 15, 2015
Panama City WPGX 28.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014
TampaSt. Petersburg WFTS-TV 28.3 E. W. Scripps Company April 15, 2015
West Palm Beach WFLX 29.3 Raycom Media
(operated by the E. W. Scripps Company)
August 18, 2014

Georgia

Atlanta WGCL-TV 46.3 Meredith Corporation [14]
Augusta WFXG 54.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014
Columbus WTVM 9.3
Savannah WTOC-TV 11.3 March 18, 2015

Hawaii

Honolulu KHNL 13.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014

Idaho

Boise KNIN 9.3 Raycom Media March 2, 2017
Idaho Falls/Pocatello KPIF 15.3 Pocatello Channel 15, LLC October 2, 2017

Illinois

Champaign WCIA 3.4 Nexstar Media Group August 23, 2016
Joliet (Chicago) WGBO-DT 66.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Rockford WTVO 17.4 Nexstar Media Group September 1, 2016
Springfield WCIX 49.5 Nexstar Media Group August TBD

Indiana

Evansville WFIE 14.3 Raycom Media October 28, 2014
Fort Wayne WEDX-LD 29.1 DTV America Corporation Launch date TBD
Indianapolis WRTV 6.2 E. W. Scripps Company
Terre Haute WAWV-TV 38.2 Nexstar Media Group August 23, 2016

Iowa

OttumwaKeokuk, IAKirksville, MO KYOU-TV 15.3 American Spirit Media
(operated by Raycom Media)
August 18, 2014 Moved from 15.2, which joined NBC January 24, 2018

Kansas

Derby (Wichita) KDCU-DT 31.2 Entravision Communications Launched July 2, 2018
LawrenceKansas City, MO KMCI-TV 38.4 E. W. Scripps Company Launched April 15, 2015
Wichita KGPT-CD 26.3 Great Plains Television Network

Kentucky

Bowling Green WCZU-LD 39.5 DTV America Corporation September 23, 2016
Louisville WAVE 3.2 Raycom Media August 18, 2014
Newport (Cincinnati, Ohio) WXIX-TV 19.3 July 2015

Louisiana

Baton Rouge WBXH-CD 39.3 Raycom Media August 1, 2015
Lafayette KATC-TV 3.3 Cordillera Communications June 28, 2016
Lake Charles KPLC 7.4 Raycom Media December 31, 2015 Moved to KPLC-TV DT4 when the CW was added in its old DT2 slot on August 31, 2017
Monroe/El Dorado KARD 14.3 Nexstar Media Group September 12, 2016
New Orleans WVUE-DT 8.3 Louisiana Media Company
(operated by Raycom Media)
August 18, 2014
Shreveport KSLA 12.2 Raycom Media December 31, 2015

Maryland

Salisbury WGDV-LD 32.6 Marquee Broadcasting October 2016

Massachusetts

Marlborough (Boston) WUTF-DT 66.4 Univision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications)
April 1, 2017
New Bedford (Providence, Rhode Island) WLNE-TV 6.2 Citadel Communications August 18, 2014

Michigan

Battle CreekKalamazooGrand Rapids WOTV 41.3 Nexstar Media Group January 2016
Lake CityCadillacTraverse City WMNN-LD 26.5 Freelancer Television Broadcasting early 2016 Replaced original Grit affiliate WPBN-DT3
Mount ClemensDetroit WADL 38.2 Adell Broadcasting Corporation July 15, 2015

Minnesota

Mankato-St. James K16CG-D 16.6 Cooperative Television
Minneapolis-St. Paul K33LN-D 33.7 HC2 Holdings
Redwood Falls K46FY-D 46.1 Redwood TV Improvement Corporation

Mississippi

Jackson WDBD 40.3 Raycom Media October 2014

Missouri

Cape GirardeauPaducah, KY KFVS-TV 12.3 Raycom Media October 6, 2014
ColumbiaJefferson City KQFX-LD 22.3 News-Press & Gazette Company April 6, 2018
Joplin KODE 12.2 Nexstar Media Group August 25, 2016
Springfield KOLR 10.3 August 20, 2016
St. Joseph KNPG-LD 21.5 News-Press & Gazette Company April 6, 2018

Montana

BillingsHardin KHMT 4.3 Nexstar Media Group September 2, 2016

Nebraska

Lincoln KLKN 8.2 Citadel Communications August 18, 2014

New Jersey

Paterson (New York City) WXTV-DT 41.4 Univision Communications August 18, 2014

New Mexico

Albuquerque KWBQ 19.2 Tamer Media January 11, 2016
Roswell KRWB-TV 21.2

New York

Buffalo WKBW-TV 7.4 E. W. Scripps Company June 2017
Utica WUTR 20.3 Mission Broadcasting
(operated by Nexstar Media Group)
September 3, 2016

North Carolina

Charlotte WBTV 3.3 Raycom Media October 8, 2014
Greenville WPDU-LD 45.1 DTV America Corporation TBD
Wilmington WSFX-TV 26.3 American Spirit Media
(operated by Raycom Media)
August 18, 2014

North Dakota

Bismarck/Minot KNDB 26.3 BEK Sports Network, Inc August 2018
KNDM 24.3
Fargo/Valley City/Grand Forks KRDK-TV 4.6 (38) Major Market Broadcasting January 2015

Ohio

Cincinnati WXIX-TV 19.3 Raycom Media July 2015
Cleveland WEWS-TV 5.2 E. W. Scripps Company April 14, 2017 Replaced Cozi TV[22]

The network was originally carried on WUAB 43.3 from August 18, 2014 until January 5, 2018 when its subchannel was deactivated. WUAB 43.3 continued to carry Grit, even after WEWS 5.2 picked up the network.

Toledo WTOL 11.3 Raycom Media November 18, 2014

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City KSBI 52.4 Griffin Communications Launched October 1, 2018[23][24]
KTOU-LD 21.8 HC2 Holdings 2018
Tulsa KMYT-TV 41.3 Cox Media Group August 18, 2014

Pennsylvania

Erie WFXP 66.3 Nexstar Media Group August 28, 2016
Johnstown/Altoona/State College WTAJ-TV 10.4 Nexstar Media Group October 2017
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton WBRE-TV 28.3 August 27, 2016
Pittsburgh WPCW 19.3 CBS Corporation July 1, 2017

Puerto Rico

Culebra W46EO-D 45.1 TV Red de Puerto Rico, Inc.

South Carolina

Charleston WCSC-TV 5.3 Raycom Media December 31, 2015
Columbia WIS 10.2
Greenville W28DB-D 28.3 Carolina Christian Broadcasting July 30, 2018
Myrtle Beach WMBF-TV 32.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014

Tennessee

Chattanooga [[Wdef 12.4 Altennga Broadcasting January 8, 2018
Knoxville WTNZ 43.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014
Memphis WMC 5.3 December 31, 2015
Nashville WKRN-TV 2.4 Nexstar Media Group 2017

Texas

Abilene KRBC-TV 9.2 Nexstar Media Group August 25, 2016
Alvin (Houston) KFTH-DT 67.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Amarillo KCIT 14.2 Nexstar Media Group August 25, 2016
Austin KNVA 54.2 January 29, 2016[25]
Del Rio (San Antonio) KYVV-TV 28.1 Stryker Media LLC July 1, 2018
El Paso KINT-TV 26.2 Entravision Communications June 2018
Irving (DallasFort Worth) KSTR-DT 49.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Laredo KETF-CD 31.4 Entravision Communications July 23, 2018
Lubbock KCBD 11.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014
Midland-Odessa KMID 2.4 Nexstar Media Group September 2016
San Angelo KLST 8.3 August 25, 2016
San Antonio KWEX-DT 41.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Wichita Falls KJTL 18.3 Nexstar Media Group September 1, 2016

Utah

Provo (Salt Lake City) KUCW 30.3 Nexstar Media Group September 2, 2016

Vermont

Burlington WVNY 22.3 Nexstar Media Group August 23, 2016

Virginia

Arlington (Washington, D.C.) WFDC-DT 14.3 Univision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications
August 18, 2014
Ashland (Richmond) WUPV 65.3 Raycom Media

Washington

Tacoma-Seattle KSTW 11.3 CBS Corporation 2017
Vancouver (Portland, Oregon) KPDX 49.4 Meredith Corporation February 2017

West Virginia

Huntington-Charleston WOWK-TV 13.4 Nexstar Media Group October 2017

Wisconsin

Green Bay WACY-TV 32.2 E. W. Scripps Company August 11, 2015
La Crosse WLAX 25.4 Nexstar Media Group August 30, 2016
Madison WIFS 57.8 Byrne Acquisition Group, LLC April 30, 2018
Milwaukee WTMJ-TV 4.4 E. W. Scripps Company March 2018 moved to WTMJ from WCGV-DT3 (24.3), which left the air January 8, 2018[26]

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External links

  • Official website

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