Tribune Broadcasting has signed a long-term
affiliation agreement to air MGM's THIS TV on Tribune's digital
channels. Tribune is renewing existing agreements to air the network in
Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.,
Denver, Indianapolis/Bloomington, Hartford and New Orleans, and adding
New York, Miami, St. Louis, San Diego and Grand Rapids, Mich.
"MGM has successfully
built THIS TV into a valuable programming network for local stations in
this digital age," said Sean Compton, Tribune's president of
programming. "THIS TV is now the only movie channel for
homes without cable and the viewer response has been overwhelming. The
existing ratings for the network prove that there are a lot of digital
Nielsen also will begin providing national
ratings for THIS TV, which will cover 85% of the country as a result of
these new agreements. THIS TV is a 24/7 free, ad-supported network that
offers classic movies and TV shows from MGM's library;
informational and educational children's programming; opportunities for
TV stations to customize the network for their local markets; and no
paid programming. THIS TV was created in November 2008 through a
partnership between MGM and Chicago's Weigel Broadcasting.
"We have strengthened
the THIS TV national platform with our new affiliation agreement and
strategic partnership with Tribune," said Jim Packer, co-president of
MGM Worldwide Television, in a statement. "This
TV's free programming service provides a meaningful, affordable, and
therefore competitive option for viewers who otherwise would have to
rely on paid services to gain access to the diverse, 24/7 programming
available through THIS TV."
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Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.