Jewelry Television

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Jewelry Television
Jewelry television logo.png
Launched October 15, 1993
Owned by Multimedia Commerce Group Inc
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Opening the world of fine jewelry and gemstones to everyone
Headquarters Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Formerly called America's Collectibles Network (1993-2002)
Website www.jtv.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 313 (SD only)
Dish Network Channel 227 (SD only)
Cable
Available on many cable systems Check local listings
IPTV
AT&T U-verse 197 (SD only)
Verizon FiOS 152 (SD only)
Streaming media
Live Stream Watch live
Digital media receiver Roku

Jewelry Television is an American television network. It was formerly called "America's Collectibles Network" (ACN). Jewelry Television has an estimated reach of around 80 million viewers in the United States through cable and satellite providers, online streaming and limited over-the-air broadcasters.[1]

The headquarters of Jewelry Television are located in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition it has manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

History[edit]

Jewelry Television was founded as "America's Collectibles Network" (ACN) in 1993 by Jerry Sisk, Jr., Bob Hall, and Bill Kouns.[2][3][4][5] Sisk was a graduate gemologist, Kouns was a jewelry expert, while Hall had previously worked in television industry.[3]

The fledgling network began broadcasting from a studio in Greeneville, Tennessee, in 1993 with just one television camera.[3] ACN initially sold gemstones, jewelry and collectible coins.[6] Sisk, Hall and Kouns later moved the network to a larger headquarters and television studio in Knoxville, Tennessee.[3]

In 2002, the company relaunched as Jewelry Television and has since focused on selling gemstones, jewelry and jewelry making kits.[5]

In 2006, Jewelry Television bought competitor Shop at Home and all of Shop at Home's assets from Scripps.[7] On June 21, 2006, Jewelry Television replaced Shop at Home on Shop at Home-affiliated stations owned by Scripps, following Shop at Home being sold to Jewelry Television.[8] Jewelry Television also acquired all assets and employees from Shop at Home.[9]

Jewelry Television has approximately 1,200 employees, as of January 2013.[3]

Overview[edit]

Jewelry Television airs 24 hours a day, although programming hours vary between each region, based upon the local TV provider. In October 2008 the network began broadcasting in high definition.[10] Its suggested display call letters for programming guides is JTV.

The network also offers online streaming of its network through their website.

In April 2012, Jewelry Television launched the Titanic Jewelry Collection. Created in partnership with Titanic Museum Attractions, the proprietary Titanic Jewelry Collection offers pieces in the Art Nouveau and Edwardian styles typical of that era.[11]

Broadcast affiliates[edit]

The following over-the-air broadcast stations carry Jewelry Television, either as an all-day service or for the case of some stations which carry a major netlet affiliation, in the overnight or weekend hours.

City Station Channel Hours
Los Angeles, California KFLA-LD
8.5
24/7
San Francisco, California KAXT-CD
1.11/42.11
24/7
Atlanta, Georgia WTBS-LD
26.4
24/7
Charlotte, North Carolina WHKY-TV
14.1
overnights and weekends
Denver, Colorado KZDN-LD
26.2
24/7
Cincinnati, Ohio WBQC-LD
25.4
24/7
Las Vegas, Nevada KLSV-LD
50.1
24/7
Clarksville, Indiana WWJS-CD
9.4
24/7
Flint, Michigan WHNE-LD
14.2
24/7
London, Kentucky WOBZ-LD
9.1
overnights
Bowling Green, Kentucky WBKO-DT2
13.2
overnights
Panama City, Florida WECP-LD
18.2
overnights
Meridian, Mississippi WTOK-TV
11.2
overnights

Lawsuits[edit]

On March 26, 2008, Jewelry Television filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Tennessee against Lloyd's of London, as a result of a criminal scheme that took place in 2006 and 2007. A person used a bank account of the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York to buy more than $3.5 million in jewelry.[12]

On May 23, 2008, a $5 million class action lawsuit was filed in California against Jewelry Television. The suit alleges since 2003 the shopping network has sold a gemstone called andesine-labradorite without disclosing the treatment while promising buyers that this stone was rare and untreated.[13] On June 2, 2008, Jewelry Television said andesine-labradorite has been sold in the gem trade since 2002 as natural and untreated material. "Lab reports from major laboratories have consistently confirmed these gemstones as natural and untreated. Jewelry Television, like other major retailers, relied upon the lab reports and general industry information".[13]

On May 19, 2009, an age discrimination lawsuit was filed against Jewelry Television alleging an employee was terminated as part of a company-wide reduction in work force the previous May.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butcher, Dan (2014). "Jewelry Television targets consumers on the go with mobile shopping platforms - Mobile Commerce Daily - Multichannel retail support". mobilecommercedaily.com. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jewelry TV Cofounder Jerry Sisk Dies". Jewelers Circular Keystone Magazine. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Jerry Sisk, co-founder of Jewelry Television, dead at 59". Knoxville News Sentinel. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Jerry Sisk, JTV co-founder, dies at 59". National Jeweler. 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  5. ^ a b Waldman, Allison J. "Cable Net Creates an Inviting World". tvweek.com. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Ruben, Douglas H. (1997). Writing for Money in Mental Health. Psychology Press. pp. 277–278. ISBN 0-789-00101-2. 
  7. ^ http://www.jckonline.com/article/287228-Jewelry_Television_Buys_Shop_at_Home.php.
  8. ^ http://www.jckonline.com/article/287228-Jewelry_Television_Buys_Shop_at_Home.php
  9. ^ "Jewelry Television Buys Shop at Home". jckonline.com. September 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Jewelry Television Celebrates "The Wendy Williams Show" Milestone". prweb.com. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "The 100th Anniversary of Titanic, and the Jewelry it Inspired". hotfrog.com. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Diamonds.net News - Jewelry TV Sues Lloyd's, Plans More Suits in $3M e-Payment Fraud". Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  13. ^ a b "Knoxnews.com - Jewelry TV Blasted in Suit- Shopping network sold stones deceptively, customer alleges". Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  14. ^ Harrington, Carly (2009-05-19). "Ex-Jewelry Television exec sues network". Knoxville News-Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 

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