An equivalent case exists involving Battle Creek, Michigan-licensed WZPX-TV, which serves both the Grand Rapids and Lansing markets (it also unusually served as a secondary WB affiliate due to a lack of stations in both markets until the digital age); additionally, Ann Arbor-licensed WPXD-TV also once provided an equivalent over-the-air signal for Lansing before moving their signal to a new transmitter in the Detroit suburb of Southfield in 2012. ION Media's dedication to employees is evident in its comprehensive benefits plan, which [21] On July 15, 2009, RHI Entertainment entered into a settlement agreement to resolve a dispute with Ion Media Networks, which resulted in the termination of a programming distribution agreement between RHI and Ion. ION Media is an independent, privately held media company, and owner and Originally from its 2007 launch as Ion Life, the network had primarily featured lifestyle programming, consisting of shows pertaining to subjects such as health and wellness, cooking, home decor, and travel. [41] However, the game's producers did not provide a live broadcast and the agreement was terminated. The company headquarters is based in … Prior to the launch of Ion Life, the Ion Plus feeds carried reruns of cancelled Pax original programs (such as Miracle Pets and Beat the Clock), as well as public domain movies and sitcom episodes (such as I Married Joan and The Beverly Hillbillies). On June 27, 2006, Ion Media announced a comprehensive programming deal with Warner Bros. Television Distribution, which gave it the broadcast rights to movies and television series owned by the company. KHOF-TV, virtual channel 30 (UHF digital channel 38), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station serving Los Angeles, California, United States that is licensed to San Bernardino. Update 7/8/08: A&E is co-owned by The Hearst Corporation and ABC, which in turn is owned by Disney. Due to the bandwidth limitations caused by its carriage of multiple subchannels over a single broadcast signal, only the primary Ion network feed is transmitted in high definition, even though most of its stations transmit two networks that operate HD simulcast feeds through their primary distribution on cable and satellite television. The station is owned by Ion Media, as part of a duopoly with Inglewood-licensed Ion Life owned-and-operated station KILM (channel 64). In some cities, a major network affiliate also provided some engineering and other back office services for the PAX station. In late September 2009, a year after Ion Media Networks purchased WPXX and WEPX/WPXU from Flinn Broadcasting, those stations resumed carrying Ion Television full-time, having disaffiliated from MyNetworkTV as a result of the network terminating its existing affiliation agreements due to its conversion into a programming service. KTIV Television 2929 Signal Hill Drive Sioux City, IA 51108 Switchboard: 712-239-4100 or 800-234-KTIV (5848) Email: ktivnews@ktiv.com Ion Television occasionally airs short hosted segments during its prime time lineup – particularly during film presentations – known as the "Ion Lounge", a lifestyle segment used mainly to advertise a company's product within the featured program's commercial breaks. Paxson, who felt that television programs aired by other broadcast networks were too raunchy and not family-friendly enough, had decided to create a network that he perceived as an alternative. Meanwhile, three series from CBS Television Distribution were added to the schedule: NCIS joined the lineup in September 2008, while Criminal Minds and Ghost Whisperer were added to the Ion Television lineup in 2009. Starting in 2000, many PAX stations also entered into news share agreements with a local major network affiliate (mostly involving NBC-affiliated stations, though some involved an affiliate of ABC or CBS) to air tape-delayed broadcasts of evening, and in some markets, morning newscasts from the partner station; in a few cases, the agreement partner produced live newscasts for the PAX station (as examples of the latter, NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis produced a prime time newscast for PAX O&O WIPX-TV from February to June 2005, after CBS affiliate WISH-TV (now a CW affiliate) took over production of the newscast that WTHR had been producing for UPN affiliate WNDY-TV (now a MyNetworkTV affiliate) since 1996; Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC-TV produced evening newscasts for WVPX-TV that focused primarily on that O&O's city of license, nearby Akron). marked a first time venture into digital channels by a media company. About ION Television ION Television, a top 5-ranked U.S. general entertainment network, is the flagship of the independent, privately held media company, ION Media. The company disclosed that it was in discussions with lenders on "a comprehensive recapitalization" of its balance sheet, translating to an effort to restructure its considerable debt, which, according to The Wall Street Journal, stood at $2.7 billion as of April 2009. After the transition was complete, the network would continue to air programming under its Pax brand on one of its digital subchannels over-the-air and on select cable providers (see below). Ion Television has the most owned-and-operated stations of any commercial broadcast network in the United States, reaching 65.1% of the Uni… To appease DirecTV management, the network decided to drop some infomercials and shopping programs, and replace them with older public domain programs and cancelled Pax TV original series. The Qubo Night Owl block was discontinued on January 7, 2019, as Ion Media decided to reduce the amount of paid programming on Ion and Ion Plus by shifting those hours to Qubo's overnight schedule between 1:00 to 6:00 a.m. Eastern. The network debuted on January 8, 2007. Ion Television is a broadcast, cable, and satellite television network which specializes in family entertainment programming. A children's programming block known as the Qubo Kids' Corner – which features programs compliant with FCC educational programming requirements – airs for two hours each Friday at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The following trademarks, service marks, and trade names are among the marks owned by ION Media Networks and its affiliates: ION Media Networks, ION, ION Television, ION Television Positively Entertaining, ION Network, ION Kitchen, Give Hope, the drawing of the ION seal, the "i" logo and the call letters of the various ION television stations. These include: In November 2015, Media General and Ion came to terms on an affiliation deal to add Ion's main feed as a standard definition digital subchannel in non-Ion O&O markets with Media General stations to replace the programming of the long-defunct Live Well Network, the first of its kind for Ion. ION Television launches “Flashpoint,” an original series. However, DirecTV and Ion Media Networks reached a new carriage agreement that May. includes health insurance, paid time off, a wellness program and 401(k) plan. In April 2012, Ion Media Networks launched a new service known as Ion Shop (originally "iShop" prior to November 2012, and "ShopTV" thereafter, both are names used only by the PSIP identifiers on digital television tuners and converter boxes; there is no branding used by the channel itself); some Ion owned-and-operated stations, however, did not begin carrying the network until as late as that November. [citation needed], The network launched high definition operations in the 720p format, announcing they would do so on January 28, 2009,[19] with an original launch date of February 16, 2009, but delayed to March 16, 2009 after the passage of the DTV Delay Act,[20] which pushed the national digital television transition to June 12, 2009. Market: Des Moines-Ames. On January 21, 2011, Ion Television acquired the U.S. television rights to the Canadian drama series Flashpoint, which gave it first-run rights to the fourth season's final 11 episodes, after CBS aired that season's first eight episodes, as well as rights to air reruns of all episodes produced to date and thereafter;[30] Ion (along with the show's originating Canadian broadcaster, CTV) also renewed the series for a fifth and final season that aired during the fall of 2012. ION Media Networks, Inc. owns and operates a broadcast television station group in the United States. On June 28, 2005, Paxson Communications announced that it would rebrand PAX as i: Independent Television (commonly referred to as "i", stylized as i), in order to reflect a new strategy of "providing an independent broadcast platform for producers and syndicators who desire to reach a national audience." [citation needed], In January 2008, Ion Media and Comcast reached a carriage agreement to continue carrying Ion Television, while also adding Qubo and Ion Life to the cable provider's channel lineups. Find out if ION Television, ION Plus and Qubo are available in your area. Days after the rebrand, California-based entertainment group Positive Ions, Inc. filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Ion Media Networks, claiming that the network stole the "Ion" branding. ION reaches viewers in 100+ million U.S. households, or 85% of the population, through its 71 owned and operated stations - including 24 of the top 25 markets - and its affiliations with broadcast, cable, satellite and telco operators. In addition to the announcement of its programming acquisitions, the network unveiled a new logo (a wordmark that incorporated a positive ion symbol as a pseudo-period next to the "ion" typeface) and slogan for the network, "Positively Entertaining" (a form of wordplay, as ions are atoms or molecules that have a positive or negative electrical charge). UPDATE 3-Judge backs ION Media's bankruptcy exit plan Most of the network's initial affiliates were Paxson Communications-owned affiliate stations of the Infomall TV Network (inTV), a network launched by Paxson in 1995 that relied mainly on infomercials and other brokered programming. Two major factors that have limited the network's national broadcast coverage are that unlike the major commercial broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW), Ion did not actively seek over-the-air distribution on the digital subchannels of other network-affiliated stations in the five years following the digital television transition (with limited exceptions in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tucson, Arizona and Fresno, California through agreements with Telemundo owned-and- operated stations in those markets), until it reached a multi-station agreement with Media General in November 2015;[46] prior to that deal, it long had very few stations that contractually carry the network's programming (with limited exceptions in markets such as Louisville, Kentucky and Anchorage, Alaska). In 2019 with expanded cable carriage, Ion Media switched the network's schedule to match the main format of Ion … Its launch was announced on May 8, 2006, when Ion Media Networks, NBCUniversal, Nelvana, Scholastic Media, Classic Media (now DreamWorks Classics which would later be owned by NBCUniversal) and its Big Idea Productions unit announced plans to create Qubo as a multi-platform children's entertainment endeavor that would extend to a weekly programming block on Ion Television as well as NBC and Telemundo, and a video-on-demand service for digital cable providers. The network broadcasts feature films released between the 1980s and the 2000s under the banner "Ion Television at the Movies", which fill the majority of the network's Sunday afternoon and evening schedule (holiday-themed made-for-TV films are also broadcast under the banner throughout the entertainment programming day on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day regardless of where either holiday falls during the calendar week). [8][9] In addition, the network aired religious programming through time-lease agreements with The Worship Network (which aired its overnight programming on PAX seven nights a week) and Praise TV (featuring Contemporary Christian music and other faith-based programs aimed at teenagers and young adults, which aired on Friday and Saturday late-nights from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Central until 2000). Just because an actor has been on television before, doesn't mean they are compelling to watch, even in a Hallmark movie. ION Television adds “NCIS: LA” and the “CSI” trilogy to its content portfolio. [27] Starting in September of that year, series and feature films from both libraries were incorporated onto the network's prime time schedule (including Who's the Boss?, Designing Women, Mama's Family, Growing Pains, Green Acres, and The Wonder Years). LEARN MORE. ION becomes one of America’s top 10 cable entertainment networks. In January 2009, the network announced that it had acquired the broadcast rights to the Canadian television drama series Durham County;[29] that show aired on the network for less than a year. Ion owned-and-operated stations and affiliates also provide limited local programming on weekday mornings to fulfill public affairs guidelines, which range from entirely local productions to Ion Life-sourced programs within which commercial slots are instead devoted to local physicians or experts giving locality-specific health advice or advertising their services. Although it has a high definition simulcast feed, HSN is transmitted by Ion stations in standard definition, due to the same digital multiplexing limitations that prevent QVC from being carried in 16:9 SD or HD. In turn, the network adapted its programming content standards to those similar to other broadcast networks. As Ion has refocused towards its current schedule however, along with a de-emphasis on local advertising, the national feed effectively repeats Ion's main feed outside a lack of station identification. The network also aired a late afternoon sitcom block called "Laugh Attack", which featured reruns of comedy series targeted at African American audiences (originally consisting of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and The Wayans Bros., the latter of which was later replaced by The Steve Harvey Show). Under its former format, the network mainly featured health and lifestyle programs, as well as feature films on Sunday mornings and select weeknights (which consist mainly of those its parent network is scheduled to air during the given month as part of the "Ion Television at the Movies" block); some extreme sports programming previously aired on weekend evenings until July 2014. ION unveils a new on-air look, complete with a refreshed logo speaking to the evolution of the network and highlighting the variety of the “Positively Entertaining” ION Television lineup. Ion subchannels were added in markets such as Austin, Texas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Lafayette, Indiana; Davenport, Iowa; Lafayette, Louisiana; Lansing, Michigan; Richmond, Virginia; Springfield, Massachusetts; and Wichita, Kansas. The network's stations usually carry up to six of these digital subchannels (in contrast with most other full-power stations, which usually carry a maximum of four channels over the same signal), each of which broadcast separate networks. Launched in 2007, ION Television features a “Positively Entertaining” schedule of proven, award-winning programs, quality original series and popular holiday movies available on multiple platforms via its state-of-the-art distribution system. House, also from NBCUniversal, joined the network in September 2012. They become the only network to offer all three iterations of the iconic and longest-running series in TV history. In September 2011, Ion Television acquired the syndication rights to George Lopez[32] and Leverage. [1] Ion's owned-and-operated stations cover 64.8% of the United States population, by far the most of any U.S. station ownership group; it is able to circumvent the legal limit of covering 39% of the population because all of its stations operate on the UHF television band, which is subject to a discount (which in the digital age has proven controversial with other broadcast groups and FCC rulings between presidential administrations, though not with Ion itself) in regard to that limit.[2]. ION launches in HD and pledges to feature HD programming on all 60 ION stations across the country. On November 18, 2013, Ion Television began carrying the Home Shopping Network via a sixth digital subchannel on most of its owned-and-operated stations, as part of a partnership with Ion Media Networks (both once controlled by Lowell "Bud" Paxson) to expand the channel's broadcast coverage. Ion Plus is an American broadcast television network owned by Ion Media . As a consequence to the pending launch of Qubo, the i secondary feed was replaced on i O&Os with a repeating promo loop in late September 2006. [46][52] These deals would carry over after the Media General stations were integrated into the Nexstar Media Group in January 2017, with WBAY-TV continuing to carry Ion under Gray Television ownership. The network owner is Ion Media Networks. The 2007 launch of Qubo and ION Life reaching 98 million homes, including all of the top 20 markets. Roberts' attorney subsequently stated that Ion would purchase the three stations. [16], Ion Television's programming, for the most part, remained unchanged upon the rebrand; the network continued to feature programming from the content deals it signed while under the i brand (such as Who's the Boss?, Mama's Family, Growing Pains, and The Wonder Years). [5] During the late spring and summer of 1998, a half-hour preview special hosted by former Waltons star Richard Thomas, featuring interviews with Lowell Paxson about PAX's development and initial programming, aired on inTV stations slated to become charter outlets of the new network. [citation needed], On September 24, 2020, E. W. Scripps Company agreed to buy Ion Media for $2.65 billion. ION introduces IONTHUSIASTS, a new campaign celebrating the ION Television viewer and highlighting the collective consistency, impact and engagement of their viewership on the network. Ion Television stations also lack locally produced programming; most of its stations had aired newscasts from other local network-affiliated stations until the rebrand as i, and have even produced their own community affairs shows; however, local programming has since become virtually non-existent on most of Ion's O&Os and affiliates. Here's how to make sure you're getting the best, free signal of ION Life and your favorite ION Life shows. [citation needed] Had this option been exercised, NBC would have acquired approximately 63 i owned-and-operated stations (though this could have resulted in a forced divestiture of either i or Spanish language network Telemundo, which NBC had acquired in April 2002 (prior to its merger with Vivendi Universal), along with the divested network's O&Os due to FCC rules that prohibit broadcasters from owning more than two television stations in the same market unless there are either a minimum of 20 full-power stations in the market or one of the stations is a satellite). In the Cleveland market, Ion airs on Akron-based WVPX-TV, which had formerly targeted Akron, Canton and nearby areas as an ABC affiliate (then competing with the market's existing ABC station WEWS) prior to 1998. Programming on Qubo Channel and its companion block on Ion Television and Ion Plus account for all educational programming content on Ion's owned-and-operated stations, thus relieving the network from the responsibility of carrying programs compliant with Children's Television Act guidelines on its other subchannel services. Reconnect the antenna to the Converter Box or Digital TV and plug the unit into the electrical outlet. During the 2005–06 season, the network launched only one new series that met the network's new mission of being an 'independent broadcast platform', the teen drama Palmetto Pointe, which only lasted six episodes; the network went entirely to a lineup of reruns for the 2006–07 season (except for Health Report and Ion Life specials). 25 NEWS – WEEK 2907 Springfield Road East Peoria, IL 61611 News Tips: 309-698-3737 or news25@week.com In July 2011, Ion Television acquired the broadcast television rights to six films produced by Starz Media as part of its weekend film block (then branded as the "Big Movie Weekend"); the films started airing on the network in November of that year. A limited number of non-Ion-owned stations that are merely affiliated with the network (such as Louisville outlet WBNA) do carry additional local or syndicated programming that, in some instances, pre-empts certain programs within the Ion master schedule. ION Television ranks #2 in households in primetime among networks airing holiday movies. Original programming was also affected by the network's programming changes; PAX was originally offering five or six new series each season. As owner of the nation’s largest broadcast station group, ION’s 71 full-power stations reach 100+ million homes. In April 2006, published reports surfaced that i owed more than US$250 million to creditors. Some Ion-affiliated stations decline to carry QVC's programming, and some Ion Media-owned stations are unable to carry that network due to affiliation agreements between QVC and other broadcasters that existed prior to the Ion deal. ION reaches viewers in 100+ million U.S. households, or 85% of the population, through its 71 owned and operated stations - including 24 of the top 25 markets - and its affiliations with broadcast, cable, satellite and telco operators. The additions of programming such as “The Listener,” “Rookie Blue,” and “Blue Bloods” further strengthens the ION Television roster and spurs a steady growth in ratings. With a whole set of new ideas and programmes, iON is ready to take the broadcasting media to a new era. [25] Series currently broadcast by Ion Television (as of October 2015[update]) are mostly dramas such as Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Numb3rs, Blue Bloods, and The Listener. The network first began broadcasting on August 31, 1998 as Pax TV, focusing primarily on family-oriented entertainment programming; it rebranded as i: Independent Television on July 1, 2005, converting into a general entertainment network featuring mainly recent and older acquired … In the recent past, Ion Television has aired a limited number of comedy or comedy-drama series that were cycled on-and-off the schedule such as Monk, Psych and Married... with Children, with half-hour sitcoms used on certain occasions to fill scheduling gaps prior to the telecast of its late-morning film presentations (usually in the 10:00 a.m. Central Time half-hour, if the succeeding film ran for at least 2​1⁄2 hours) because of their erratic scheduling; the network shifted to a more exclusive focus on dramas as part of its series content in January 2015, although the network continues to carry comedic programming in the form of select feature films aired within the "Ion Television at the Movies" block. It also owns the popular web-based TV website Hulu. Morgan Murphy Media's two Wisconsin stations (WISC-TV/Madison and WKBT-DT/La Crosse–Eau Claire) began to carry the network as a third subchannel at the beginning of February 2017. [54] Its initial format was composed of a four-hour block of shows that repeated six times a day, all featuring programming exclusive to the new channel; by 2010, the channel adopted a more traditional schedule featuring a larger array of programs. It provides general entertainment programming to owned-and-operated and affiliated stations Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. and Saturdays through Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time (the entertainment programming schedule starts six hours later and ends two hours earlier from Christmas to New Year's Day, with paid programming filling the remaining vacated hours). Ion Television is available throughout most of the United States through its group of 62 owned-and-operated stations, as well as through distribution on cable and satellite providers; since 2014, the network has also increased affiliate distribution in several markets through the digital subchannels of local television stations owned by companies such as NBCUniversal and Nexstar Media Group where the network is unable to maintain a main channel affiliation with or own a standalone station, for the same purpose as the distribution of Ion's main network feed via cable and satellite. Infomercials and other types of brokered programs ultimately became the dominant form of programming during the network's broadcast day; by January 2005: the time that PAX had allocated to entertainment programs had been reduced to six hours on weekdays (from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) and five hours on weekends (from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Central Time). Ion also struck a library content deal with NBCUniversal, which gave it access to shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents.[28]. The network would later carry reruns of the syndicated revival of Family Feud (consisting of episodes from Louie Anderson, Richard Karn and John O'Hurley's tenures as host, airing on a one-year delay from their original syndication broadcast) and, due to its alliance with NBC, The Weakest Link (both from the Anne Robinson-hosted network run and the George Gray-hosted syndicated version) as well as the 2000 revival of Twenty-One. That being said, he is … The network first began broadcasting on August 31, 1998 as Pax TV (commonly referred to as "Pax"; stylized as PAX), focusing primarily on family-oriented entertainment programming; it rebranded as i: Independent Television (commonly referred to as "i"; stylized as i) on July 1, 2005, converting into a general entertainment network featuring mainly recent and older acquired programs; the network adopted its current identity as Ion Television on January 29, 2007. Get DIRECTV 1-888-777-2454 . ION becomes one of the first media networks to demonstrate its commitment to combat child obesity and champion children’s health by pledging that it will not air national advertising featuring unhealthy food and beverage choices on Qubo. However, these older series were later dropped when the network shifted towards more recent series. Ion Television aired NFL Films' weekly highlight program, the NFL Films Game of the Week on Saturday evenings from September 16, 2007 to January 5, 2008, with its initial broadcast focusing on the September 9, 2007 game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. The network's stations cover all of the top 20 U.S. markets and 37 of the top 50 markets. In an effort to increase revenue due to low viewership and other financial issues, PAX gradually increased the amount of paid programming content on its schedule throughout the early 2000s, at the expense of its general entertainment programming. ION Television, a top 5-ranked U.S. general entertainment network, is the flagship of the independent, privately held media company, ION Media. On May 14, 2007, Positive Ions filed for an injunction that, if granted, would have required Ion Media Networks to change its name once again. Buffalo and Rochester, New York, normally treated as separate markets, share Ion affiliate WPXJ-TV, which is centrally located between the two cities and is licensed to Batavia. [49][50] WZRB and WRBU switched to Ion in February 2014 (although WZRB retained a secondary affiliation with The CW until MyNetworkTV affiliate WKTC joined the programming service in March);[51] WRBU dropped MyNetworkTV upon becoming an Ion O&O (MyNetworkTV would not return to St. Louis until November 2014, when CBS affiliate KMOV launched a third digital subchannel to serve as an affiliate). ION Television reaches 99 million households and is the largest owner of television stations in America. Copyright 2020 © ION Media Networks, Inc. ION Television was officially launched on January 29, 2007. Its flagship, ION Television, is a top 5-ranked U.S. general entertainment network. FTA affiliates available on certain cable systems, National feed available on select cable systems in markets without a local affiliate, Additional resources on North American television, (President of Programming Acquisitions, Ion Media), Major market absences and station oddities, Differences between Ion and other broadcast networks. ION Television launches original series “Private Eyes.”, ION Television acquires rights to the top-rated drama series “Chicago P.D.”, ION Media acquires five additional broadcast stations in an effort to further solidify the company’s leadership as the largest U.S. TV Spectrum operator with owned stations in all top 20 markets. The network and its stations were expected to be removed from the service by February 28, 2006. 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