|Type||Digital broadcast television network|
|Availability||Nationwide (available on OTA digital television and LPTV)|
|Slogan||There is something good on|
|Headquarters||Beverly Hills, California|
|Owner||Allen Media Group|
|December 22, 2016|
|Dissolved||January 15, 2021|
|Affiliates||List of affiliates|
Light TV (styled LIGHTtv) is a defunct American digital broadcast television network owned by the Allen Media Group division of Entertainment Studios, that launched on December 22, 2016. The network featured family-friendly and faith-based entertainment programming.
Light TV was headed by MGM TV CEO Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey. The pair have teamed in the past to produce several religious and family-oriented projects through the MGM subsidiary Downey leads, Lightworkers Media.
The then-new over-the-top (OTT) faith-based channel was under development as early as September 2014 when MGM purchased 55% of One Three Media and LightWorkers Media, owned by Hearst Entertainment, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, and consolidated them into United Artists Media Group. With MGM purchasing Hearst and Burnett and Downey's shares in UAMG, the channel was still a planned streaming service. However, Hearst and Burnett and Downey retained their stakes in the channel.
MGM announced the formation of Light TV on November 16, 2016, with a launch planned for December on thirteen major market stations owned by Fox Television Stations. The network launched on December 22, 2016 with two stations, and the rest of the group's stations launching the subchannel throughout early 2017.
Light TV was sold by MGM TV in October 2020 to the Allen Media Group division of Entertainment Studios, along with its movie-oriented sister channel This TV. On December 3, 2020, it was announced that the network will be relaunched as TheGrio.TV on January 15, 2021, carrying lifestyle and entertainment programming of interest to the African American community. It will be an extension of the Entertainment Studios-owned website TheGrio.
On or after that date, Entertainment Studios stopped feeding Light TV programming to some of the network's affiliates (mainly those associated with Fox Television Stations), leaving a test pattern card promoting TheGrio.TV's upcoming launch, though MGM continues to feature a live stream of Light TV on its website, suggesting only the satellite transponder for Light TV was sold to Entertainment Studios; some affiliates have thus taken the subchannel dark due to a current lack of programming on that satellite space. FTS confirmed on December 9 that it would indeed carry TheGrio.TV on its stations when it launches on January 15, 2021.
Light TV featured several series and movies meant to fit the network's family-oriented approach, including content from the MGM film and TV library or acquired through outside sources. Infomercials were added to the Light TV lineup in 2019, occupying all of the overnight hours and into the early morning.
Below is a current list of programming broadcast on The Grio:
- Animal Rescue
- The First Family (January 15, 2021)
- Mr. Box Office (January 15, 2021)
- Wild Times at the San Diego Zoo
- The Adventures of Paddington Bear (2016-2019) (aired in rotation with Franny's Feet)
- All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (December 22, 2016 – September 29, 2019)
- Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? (2016–2019, 2020-January 14, 2021)
- The Busy World of Richard Scarry (December 22, 2016 - October 2, 2020)
- The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures (December 22, 2016 - October 2, 2020)
- Flipper – The New Adventures
- Franny's Feet (2017–September 30, 2019) (aired in rotation with The Adventures of Paddington Bear)
- Green Acres (2016-2018; October 1, 2019 - January 14, 2021)
- Heathcliff (October 6, 2018 – September 30, 2019)
- Highway to Heaven (December 22, 2016–present)
- Inspector Gadget (December 22, 2016 – October 5, 2018; October 1, 2019 - April 2020)
- It's About Time (October 5, 2019 – present)
- Madeline (December 22, 2016 – September 30, 2019)
- Mister Ed
- My Mother the Car (October 5, 2019 - January 14, 2021)
- Naturally Sadie (October 1, 2019 - April 2020)
- The Patty Duke Show (September 3, 2018 – January 14, 2021)
- The Pink Panther Show (December 24, 2016 – September 29, 2019)
- Sea Hunt
- Wimzie's House (December 22, 2016 – September 30, 2019)
Light TV initially launched on subchannels of fourteen Fox and MyNetworkTV stations owned by Fox Television Stations, with most of the initial affiliates being owned-and-operated stations of the Fox Broadcasting Company. MGM then offered the network to stations outside the initial markets.
|Owner (management company)||Date of affiliation||Notes|
|Greensboro||WDVZ-CD||3||3.2||University of Alabama|
|Tuscaloosa/Birmingham||WVUA||6||23.2||June 1, 2017|
|Harrison||K26GS-D||26||26.4||Reynolds Media, Inc.||2017|
|Little Rock||KTVV-LD||18||18.2||Larry Morton|
|Fresno||KAIL||7||7.2||Tri-State Christian Television||October 19, 2017|
|Santa Barbara||KZDF-LP||8.3||HC2 Holdings||December 2017|
|Sterling||KCDO-TV 3||23.6, 34.6||10.1||E. W. Scripps Company||2017||KCDO-TV 3's display channel for Light TV is 10.1|
|Miami||WSVN||7.2||7.2||Sunbeam Television||July 14, 2017|
|Orlando||WOFL||22.4||35.2||Fox Television Stations|
|Tampa Bay||WTOG||44.3||44.3||CBS Corporation|
|Atlanta||WAGA-TV||27||5.4||Fox Television Stations||2017|
|Honolulu||KWHE-TV||31||14.2||Family Broadcasting Corporation||2017|
|Boise||KRID-LD||22||22.7||Karlo Maalouf||July 2017|
|Idaho Falls||KVUI||31||31.3||Ventura Broadcasting|
|Twins Falls||KXTF||34||35.3||Tri-State Christian Television|
|Oakwood Hills (Chicago)||WCHU-LD||7.2||59.2||Venture Technologies Group, LLC||December 2020||Relocated from WPWR-TV 50.3 and WFLD 32.4|
|Marion||WTCT||30.5||27.3||Tri-State Christian Television|
|Peoria||WAOE||39.3||59.3||Venture Technologies Group||2017|
|Angola||WINM||12||12.3||Tri-State Christian Television||September 2017|
|Des Moines||KDMI||19.3||19.3||Tri-State Christian Television|
|Iowa City||KWKB||25||20.2||KM Communications Inc.||2017|
|Wichita||KGPT-CD||24||26.7||Great Plains Television|
|Lexington||WLJC-TV||7||65.2||Hour of Harvest|
|Louisville||WBNA||8||21.3||Word Broadcasting Network||March 2017|
|Baton Rouge||KPBN||14.4||Pelican Broadcasting Network||January 1, 2018|
|Detroit||WHNE-LD||20.1||14.1||Tait Broadcasting, LLC||Since late August 2017|
|Traverse City-Cadillac||WMNN-LD||14.6||26.6||Freelancer Television Broadcasting, Inc.||Since August 2017|
|Flint/Saginaw/Bay City||WAQP||48.5||49.3||Tri-State Christian Television||Since September 2017|
|Kansas City||KSMO-TV||32.4||62.2||Meredith Corporation||May 6, 2018|
|Springfield, Missouri||KRFT-LD||21||8.2||Craft Broadcasting||November 9, 2017|
|Las Vegas||KGNG-LD||26||47.5||King Kong Broadcasting, Inc.||October 23, 2017||Century Link Cable Channel 22|
|Reno||KTVN||11||2.2||Sarkes Tarzian, Inc.||2018|
|Albuquerque||KTVS-LD||36.1||36.1||Alpha Omega Broadcasting||October 2017||(physical and virtual) channel 36.3 is a simulcast of 36.1|
|Albany||WNYA||13.4||51.2||Hubbard Broadcasting||November 1, 2017||Replaced Antenna TV|
|Jamestown||WNYB||26.5||26.3||Tri-State Christian Television||?|
|Buffalo||WBNF||15.5||15.3||Tri-State Christian Television|
|Rochester||DWNIB-LD||42.3||42.3||Tri-State Christian Television|
|Charlotte||WJZY||47.10||46.8||Nexstar Media Group||2017|
|Cincinnati||WBQC-LD ("WKRP-TV")||47.7||25.5||Elliot Block||2018|
|Mansfield||WMFD-TV||12||68.3||Mid-State Television, Inc.||2017|
|Marion||WOCB-CD||22.5||39.5||Central Ohio Assoc. of Chr. Broadcasters|
|Greenville||WGGS-TV||16.6||16.4||Carolina Christian Broadcasting||2017|
|Chattanooga||WRCB||3||3.2||Sarkes Tarzian, Inc.||2018|
|Nashville||WJFB||44.3||44.3||Tri-State Christian Television||November 20, 2017|
|Austin||KGBS||19||19.5||CNZ Communications||October 9, 2017||Operated by HC2 Holdings|
|San Antonio||KGMM-CD||24.4||24.2||CNZ Communications|
|Salt Lake City||KTMW||20||20.5|
|Grundy||WLFG||49.4||68.2||Living Faith Ministries, Inc.||February 3, 2018|
|Seattle||KYMU-LD||6.2||Seattle 6 Broadcasting LLC||2019|
|Milwaukee||WIWN||68.2||CNZ Communications||September 1, 2017|
|Market||Station||Channel||Current owner||Years of affiliation||Notes|
|Chicago, Illinois||WFLD-TV||32.4||Fox Television Stations||2018-2020|
|Colorado Springs, Colorado||KWHS-LD||51.2||Christian Television Network||2017-2019||Replaced by CTN Lifestyle|
|Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas||KDFI||27.5||Fox Television Stations||2017-2020|
|Houston, Texas||KRIV||26.2||2017-2020||Replaced by Decades to prepare for theGrio launch on January 15, 2021 on sister station KTXH 20.3.|
|Los Angeles, California||KCOP||13.8 ||2016-2020|
|Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota||KMSP-TV||9.5||2017-2020|
|New Orleans, Louisiana||WHNO||20.2||Christian Television Network||2016-2018||Replaced by CTN Lifestyle|
|New York City, New York||WNYW||5.4||Fox Television Stations||2016-2020|
|Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||KBZC-LD||42.2||HC2 Holdings||Replaced by CBN News Channel, and later Revenue Frontier.|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||WTXF-TV||29.3||Fox Television Stations||2017-2020|
|Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||WPCW||19.4||CBS Corporation||2018-2020||Position taken by Circle TV moving from 19.5, which is now vacated|
|Tulsa, Oklahoma||KWHB||47.2||Christian Television Network||2017-2019||Replaced by Dabl|
|Washington, D.C.||WDCA||20.4||Fox Television Stations||2017-2018||Was dropped due to channel share with sister station WTTG|
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