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Newsy Launches Over-the-Air Broadcast Channel, Reaches 90% of US TV Homes

Aubrey Meister

Newsy has officially launched its over-the-air (OTA) 24/7 broadcast. In April, the E.W. Scripps-owned channel first announced its new plans for the distribution of its content. At the time, Newsy was an over-the-top (OTT) channel available through various live-TV streaming services, including Philo, YouTube TV, fuboTV, and others.

With this move, Newsy has greatly expanded its reach, delivering news to more than 90% of U.S. television homes. Now that Newsy is available OTA, the broadcast can reach anyone with an antenna. As of April, over 50 million homes in the United States had an antenna.

Newsy now has 14 bureaus throughout the US, including the following cities:

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Los Angeles
  • Missoula
  • Nashville
  • New York
  • Phoenix
  • Seattle
  • Tampa
  • Tulsa
  • Washington

Its programming includes 17 hours of daily news. The service is aiming for “opinion-free” news segments as a way to contrast itself to its competitors.

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“We have built a team of strong storytellers, anchors and reporters with a goal of making journalism as enjoyable, relevant and interesting as it is important,” said Kate O’Brian, head of the news group for Scripps Networks. “Our promise will be to provide the objective journalism that Americans are seeking.”

“Newsy is positioned to accurately inform the public at scale with unmatched accessibility,” said Eric Ludgood, head of Newsy. “We will give the American people facts and in-depth information so they can better understand the events that shape their lives. We’re not going to tell them what to think. They can make up their own minds.”

Not only did Newsy launch its OTA news network, but the company also unveiled a new logo. O’Brian described the logo and its meaning. She said, “The four triangles that make up the ‘N’ are symbolic of what we stand for – covering news from multiple angles – to provide a cohesive story and news product for our viewers. The triangles face left and right, and the Newsy ‘N’ is squarely in the middle – a graphic depiction of our core mission to be fact-based, not opinionated. You might also notice the logo is purple, which we chose because it best reflects where journalism ought to be, neither red nor blue.”

In preparation for the switch from OTT to OTA, all streaming services lost access to Newsy in June. Last year, Scripps purchased broadcast network ION Media for $2.65 billion.

Newsy’s OTA channel is available now and you can find it with your TV’s tuner or a digital antenna. The channel is also accessible via Newsy.com and on Apple TV, Fire TV, Pluto TV, Roku, Samsung, Sling, Vizio, and Xumo. You can find Newsy’s updated schedule here.

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