Urban America Television
|Type||Broadcast television network|
|Owner||Urban Television Network Corporation|
|Joseph Collins CEO voted in on October 29, 2014|
|December 3, 2001|
Urban America Television (UATV) (stock symbol URBT) was founded as an over-the-air television broadcast network in the United States. According to the company's website, the network had 70 affiliate stations. UATV had a reach of 22 million households in the United States. It was a successor to the earlier American Independent Television network and began broadcasting December 3, 2001 at 8am (CST). Created and developed by Fred Hutton (among others) the early programming featured independent produced programs and old 1930s and 1940s black and white "race movies".
The company was the only minority-certified television network with the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
As a network, Urban America TV disbanded in 2006, but it's believed to be returning in 2015.
Urban America TV's programming was mainly geared toward the 80 million urban consumers that consist of English-speaking Hispanic, African-American, Asian and other ethnic minorities. The network aired both original programs and, during many hours of the day, old movies. The company also syndicated programs to stations beyond its network reach.
May 1, 2006: UATV Ceases Operations
According to its filings with the SEC, Urban America Television "is experiencing liquidity needs", which severely hampered its ability to continue operations. In addition, "[d]ue to the lack of necessary capital resources, the Company is not able to pay for its satellite space and uplinking services," which stopped affiliates from airing UATV programming. Also, UATV "has laid-off its master control employees while it seek financing." 
As a result of this, on May 1, 2006, Urban America Television suspended operations indefinitely, while it attempted to raise enough capital to continue operations. In the words of the company, "[i]f adequate funds are not available on acceptable terms our business future as a viable entity is in severe jeopardy." This statement proved to be prophetic, as adequate funding never came and the network never resumed broadcast operation.
In response to this action, many affiliates were forced to find alternative sources of programming. Competing networks such as America One and 3ABN benefited from the failure of UATV, and stations such as WUHQ-LD in Grand Rapids, Michigan and WONS-LP in Olean, New York, simply swapped affiliations.
Urban American TV was on cable in most of the Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, while it had two over-air stations in Fresno and San Luis Obispo, California. Briefly, UATV had some programming on KPAL-LP in Palmdale, California.
Joseph Collins becomes the new CEO and begins to re-established the company
October 29, 2014: Joseph Collins founder of Punch TV Studios, Inc. was voted in as the Chief Executive Officer of Urban American Network Corporation according to the company's 8k In his new role as Chief Executive Officer of Urban Television Network Corporation, Mr. Collins will be responsible for leading the development and execution of the Corporation's strategy of offering multi-ethnic media products while creating shareholder value. Mr. Collins will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the corporation and its many offerings. The company's name is expected to change to Punch TV Studios, Inc.
No clear word yet on when exactly Urban America TV returns on the air, but KMEX-TV of Los Angeles, the flagship Univision/UniMas television station reportedly talked with them on adding a subchannel, just like KMEX-TV did to include Bounce TV, an African-American oriented television network on their subchannel.
The company announced via news release that it was going to start up again in first quarter 2016, but any developments look doubtful as of Feb 8, 2016 when the company website was no longer visible (www.urbtnetwork.com).