Newsmax TV

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Newsmax TV
Newsmax TV Logo.png
LaunchedJune 16, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-06-16)
Owned byNewsmax Media
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to widescreen 480i for SDTVs)
SloganReal News for Real People
Independent. American.
Real News. Better Talk.
CountryUnited States
Broadcast area
United States
TV schedule
Orby TVChannel 308
DishChannel 216
DirecTVChannel 349
Available on many American cable providersChannel slots may vary on each operator
Prism TVChannel 209 (SD)
Channel 1209 (HD)
Verizon FiOSChannel 115 (SD)
Channel 615 (HD)
AT&T U-verseChannel 1220 (HD)
Streaming media
NewsmaxTV.comWatch live
fuboTVInternet Protocol television
Pluto TVInternet Protocol television

Newsmax TV is a cable news channel owned by Newsmax Media. The channel primarily broadcasts from Newsmax's New York studio on Manhattan's East Side,[1][2][3][better source needed] carrying a news/talk format throughout the day and night, with documentaries and films on weekends.

The channel was created by American journalist and Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy. It launched on June 16, 2014 to 35 million satellite subscribers through DirecTV and Dish Network.[4] As of May 2019, the network reaches about 75 million cable homes and has wide digital media player/mobile device availability.[5]

Newsmax TV is generally thought of as holding a conservative point of view, broadcasting many programs hosted by conservative media personalities. Its conservative-leaning competitors include Fox News Channel, One America News Network, and TheBlaze. In an interview with FrontPage Magazine, Ruddy said his network was specifically designed to appeal to viewers in the American heartland, and that the network was meant as a complement for viewpoints not usually seen on Fox News Channel due to their appeal to a wider base of viewers.[6]


Network launch[edit]

In May 2014, U.S. news organization Newsmax Media announced that it had signed a distribution deal with DirecTV and would launch a national television news channel to compete directly with CNN, Fox News, and other American news networks. It was launched to provide independent news and was described as a “kinder, gentler Fox News,” offering a balanced perspective and being open to all points of view.[7] In addition to politics, Newsmax TV would also provide a full range of informational programming and lifestyle content in the areas of health, finance, and personal well-being.[8] The channel was launched on June 16, 2014. It initially carried live programming from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, and it currently airs original news programs 20 hours each weekday.

On January 16, 2016, Dennis Michael Lynch: Unfiltered debuted on the channel.[9] The program ended after the first segment of the August 10 episode after Lynch announced that he would resign from the network and made comments defending Fox News Channel and criticizing his network for its reporting of the Trump campaign and suggesting they were restricting his editorial control; he was escorted out from the network's New York studio during what would have been the first commercial break.[10] It was replaced the next Monday with an hour-long video simulcast of radio's The Howie Carr Show from WRKO in Boston.[11]

The network launched Spicer & Co. on March 3, 2020, featuring former Trump White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and co-host Lyndsay Keith,[12] followed by Greg Kelly Reports with former FNC White House correspondent and host of WNYW's Good Day New York, Greg Kelly.[13] The network's overnight programming is mainly made up of conservative documentaries.[citation needed]

Notable personalities[edit]

Program hosts[edit]



Terrestrial affiliates[edit]

Newsmax TV mainly depends on its carriage on cable services for viewership, along with streaming on their website and open digital media player platforms such as Roku. However, the network carries a small base of free-to-air terrestrial television affiliates.

Current affiliates[edit]

City Callsign Virtual channel
Alexandria, Minnesota K20AC-D 20.2
Boise, Idaho KRID-LD 22.1
Fresno, California KVBC-LP 13.10
Kansas City, Missouri KCKS-LD 25.5
Topeka, Kansas WROB-LD 25.5

Former affiliates[edit]

Market Station Channel Notes
Atlanta, Georgia WTBS-LD 26.5 Replaced with AMGTV
Atlanta, Georgia WEQT-LD 9.1
Augusta, Georgia WAAU-LD 23.2 Replaced with infomercials
Cincinnati, Ohio WOTH-CD 20.5 Station sold spectrum in 2016 FCC auction and permanently signed off
Detroit, Michigan WUDL-LD 19.4 Replaced evine
Detroit, Michigan WADL (TV) 38.1 Disaffiliated, became independent
Fayetteville, North Carolina WNCB-LD 16.4 Replaced by infomercials
Fort Smith, Arkansas KFLU-LD 20.6 Replaced by Heroes & Icons
Las Vegas, Nevada KNBX-CD 31.2 Replaced with Christian Television Network
Los Angeles, California KHIZ-LD 39.1 Replaced with Court TV Mystery
Lubbock, Texas KNKC-LD 29.7
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico W51DJ-D 51.1 Replaced with Azteca América
Montgomery, Alabama WDSF-LD 19.5
Nashville, Tennessee WKUW-LD 40.4 Replaced with The Country Network, then Quest
Orlando, Florida WSWF-LD 20.6
Phoenix, Arizona KFPB-LD 50.6 Replaced with Stadium
Ponce, Puerto Rico W31DL-D 36.1 License cancelled October 4, 2018 in post-Hurricane Maria fallout
Sacramento, California KFMS-LD 47.6 Channel went dark
San Juan, Puerto Rico W26DK-D 25.2 Replaced with OnTV4U
Washington, DC WMDE 36.1 Replaced with simulcast of WRNN-TV under new ownership
West Palm Beach, Florida WHDT 9.1 Replaced with Court TV under new ownership
Wichita, Kansas KGPT-CD 26.7


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  4. ^ "Newsmax network debuts Monday on Dish, DirecTV". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  5. ^ "Newsmax Grabs Fox Distribution Executive". 2019-05-14.
  6. ^ "Frontpage Mag: Newsmax TV Is the Alternative to Fox". Newsmax. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  7. ^ "The Next Ailes: Newsmax's Chris Ruddy Preps TV Rival to Fox News". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  8. ^ "Newsmax TV Signs With DirecTV, Launch Set for June". Newsmax. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  9. ^ "Dennis Michael Lynch Hosts New Show on Newsmax TV". Newsmax. Archived from the original on 2016-04-03. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  10. ^ "Newsmax Host Taken Off the Air After Calling Out His Network During Live Broadcast". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  11. ^ NewsmaxTV (2016-08-15), Newsmax Prime | Howie Carr talks about Newsmax TV broadcasting an hour of his popular radio show, retrieved 2016-08-16
  12. ^ "Sean Spicer Joins Newsmax TV Lineup". Broadcasting+Cable. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  13. ^ "Greg Kelly now anchoring nightly opinion-based show on Newsmax TV". Newsday. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
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