Quest (American TV network)

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Quest
Type Digital multicast television network
Country
AvailabilityNationwide via OTA digital television
FoundedNovember 7, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-11-07)
by Lonnie Cooper
SloganLet's Explore
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Parent Tegna Inc.
Key people
  • Brian Weiss
  • (President/General Manager)
  • John Ford
  • (Head of Programming)
  • Ned Simon
  • (Head of Production and Network Operations) [1]
Launch date
January 29, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-01-29)
Picture format
480i ( SDTV)
Affiliates List of affiliates
Official website
www.questtv.com Edit this at Wikidata

Quest is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by Tegna Inc. The network specializes in travel, historical, science, and adventure-focused documentary and reality series aimed at adults between the ages of 25 and 54.

The network, which broadcasts in 480i standard definition, is available in several large and mid-sized markets via digital subchannel affiliations with broadcast television stations. Stations have the option of placing their Quest-affiliated subchannels on cable television providers serving their market (via existing carriage agreements for local broadcast stations) to provide additional local coverage.

History

The formation of Quest was announced on November 7, 2017, as a partnership between Cooper Media (a company formed at that same time to serve as the owner of Quest and its sister network, Justice Network) and Tegna Inc. The network was given an expected launch date of January 2018. Tegna tapped several of its 46 owned or operated television stations to serve as the network's charter affiliates, in exchange for maintaining a minority ownership stake in the network. [2] [3] [4] [5]

The network was officially launched on January 29, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time with an episode ("Air Ambush") of the 2006–08 History series Dogfights as the network's inaugural program.

In May 2019, it was announced that Tegna would be acquiring both the Justice Network and Quest. [6]

Programming

Quest's program schedule [7] consists of a mix of programs that originally aired on the Discovery, History, Smithsonian, and truTV cable networks, as well as program which premiered in 3D (aired on Quest in traditional 2D) from the now-defunct DirecTV channel 3net:

Affiliates

As of December 2018, Quest has affiliation agreements with television stations in 67 media markets (including 24 of the top 30) encompassing 35 states, covering 60.81% of all households with at least one television set in the United States. [8]

When its launch was announced, the network reached a charter affiliation agreement with network co-partner Tegna, which initially planned to debut the network on 22 of its television stations. On December 20, 2017, the network signed a multi-station agreement with Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications to carry its programming on five of its Univision and UniMás owned-and-operated television stations as well as one station affiliated with Justice Network. [9] [10]

List of affiliates

City of license/ Market Station Virtual
channel
[8]
Physical
channel
Primary
affiliation
(on main channel)
Owner
(Management Company)
Date of affiliation Notes†

Alabama

Montgomery WDSF-LD 19.1 19 MyNetworkTV HC2 Holdings

Arizona

Mesa ( Phoenix) KPNX 12.4 12 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018
Tucson KMSB 11.4 25 Fox Tegna
( Gray Television)

Arkansas

Little Rock KTHV 11.4 12 CBS Tegna January 29, 2018
Paragould, AR ( Memphis, TN) KPMF-LD 26.1 24 MyNetworkTV HC2 Holdings

California

Bakersfield KUVI-DT 45.2 26 Justice Network Univision Communications January 29, 2018
Ontario ( Los Angeles) KFTR-DT 46.5 29 UniMás ( O&O)
Sacramento KXTV 10.4 10 ABC Tegna
San Diego KFMB-TV 8.5 8 CBS Tegna February 28, 2020
San Francisco KCNZ-CD 28.3 28 KOFY-TV CNZ Communications

Colorado

Denver KUSA 9.5 9 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018

Florida

Hollywood ( Miami) WAMI-DT 69.5 24 UniMás (O&O) Univision Communications January 29, 2018
Orange Park ( Jacksonville) WJXX 25.3 10 ABC Tegna
Orlando WVEN-TV 43.5 22 UniMás (O&O) Univision Communications
Tampa/ St. Petersburg WTSP 10.4 10 CBS Tegna

Georgia

Atlanta WXIA-TV 11.4 10 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018

Idaho

Boise KTVB 7.4 7 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018

Illinois

Aurora ( Chicago) WXFT 60.3 44 UniMás (O&O) Univision Communications

Indiana

Elkhart ( South Bend) WSJV 28.5 28 Heroes & Icons Quincy Media May 1, 2019
Fort Wayne WFWC-CD 45.8 16 Cozi TV HC2 Holdings
Indianapolis WTHR ( O&O) 13.5 13 NBC Tegna December 2019 moved from 30.1 WSDI-LD

Iowa

Des Moines KCWI-TV 23.4 23 The CW Tegna February 2018
Iowa City KWKB 20.6 25 Court TV Mystery HC2 Holdings

Kentucky

Louisville WHAS-TV 11.3 11 ABC Tegna January 29, 2018
Lexington WTVQ-DT 36.6 40 Morris Multimedia early 2018[ when?]

Louisiana

Slidell/ New Orleans WUPL 54.2 24 MyNetworkTV Tegna January 29, 2018 Quest will replace a standard-definition simulcast of WUPL's main feed
Shreveport KSHV-TV 45.4 16 Nexstar Media Group February 2018
Monroe KMCT-TV 39.6 22 Religious WGGS-TV October 2018

Maine

Portland WCSH 6.4 44 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018

Michigan

Grand Rapids WZZM 13.4 13 ABC Tegna January 29, 2018
Detroit WUDL-LD 19.1 19 None DTV America March 1, 2018
Saginaw, Michigan WFFC-LD 17.3 17 None HC2 Holdings Late 2019
Detroit WADL 38.3 39 WADL Adell Broadcasting

Minnesota

Duluth KDLH 3.6 33 CW Quincy Media
Minneapolis/ St. Paul KARE 11.4 11 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018

Missouri

Kansas City KCTV 5.4 24 CBS Meredith Corporation
Springfield KYTV 3.6 NBC Gray Television
St. Louis KSDK 5.4 35 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018

Nevada

Las Vegas KGNG-LD 15.5 KGNG King Kong Broadcasting Replaced St. Rose Channel
Reno KOLO-TV 8.5 ABC/CW Gray Television

New Mexico

Albuquerque/ Santa Fe KLUZ-TV 14.2 22 Univision Univision Communications
(Entravision Communications)
January 29, 2018

New Jersey

Newton ( New York City) WMBC-TV 63.2 18 Independent Mountain Broadcasting Corporation September 2018

New York

Buffalo WGRZ 2.4 33 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018

North Carolina

Charlotte WCNC-TV 36.4 22 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018
Fayetteville WUVC-DT 40.6 22 Univision Univision Communications February 3, 2018
Greensboro/
Winston-Salem/ High Point
WFMY-TV 2.4 51 CBS Tegna January 29, 2018
Willmington WWAY-TV 3.4 24 ABC Morris Multimedia Coming Soon

Ohio

Cincinnati WBQC-LD 20.3 47 Movies! / Cozi TV Block Communications January 23, 2018 [11] Replaced WOTH-CD 20.3 Buzzr channel
Cleveland WKYC 3.4 17 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018
Columbus WBNS-TV 10.5 21 CBS Tegna November 15, 2019

Oregon

Portland KGW 8.4 8 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia WFPA-CD 28.3 35 UniMás (O&O) Univision Communications January 29, 2018
Greensburg/ Pittsburgh WPCB-TV 40.4 28 Cornerstone Television

South Carolina

Columbia WLTX 19.4 15 CBS Tegna January 29, 2018
Greenville WGGS 16.6 16 Religious Independent Carolina Christian Broadcasting -

Tennessee

Chattanooga WDEF-TV 12.5 12 CBS Morris Multimedia Coming Soon
Knoxville WBIR-TV 10.4 10 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018

Texas

Amarillo KAUO-LD 15.7 14 The Country Network DTV America March 1, 2018
Austin KVUE 24.4 33 ABC Tegna January 29, 2018
Dallas/ Fort Worth WFAA 8.4 8
El Paso KTFN 65.3 20 UniMás Entravision Communications August 2018
Houston KHOU 11.4 11 CBS Tegna January 29, 2018
San Antonio KENS 5.4 29
Wolfforth/ Lubbock KLCW-TV 22.4 23 The CW Woods Communications Corporation
(Ramar Communications)
Conroe/ Houston KTBU 55.1 55 Independent Tegna March 27, 2020

Vermont

Burlington ( Plattsburgh, New York) WVNY 22.4 13 ABC Mission Broadcasting
(Nexstar Media Group)
February 2018

Virginia

Hampton/ Norfolk/
Virginia Beach
WVEC 13.4 13 ABC Tegna January 29, 2018

Washington

Seattle KING-TV 5.3 48 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018
Spokane KSKN 22.3 36 The CW

Wisconsin

Fond du Lac/ Milwaukee WIWN 68.3 5 OnTV4U CNZ Communications January 29, 2018
Madison/ Middleton WZCK-LD 8.4 36 COZI-TV HC2 Holdings
Wausau/ Rhinelander WSAW-TV 7.5 7 CBS Gray Television March 2020

References

  1. ^ "Our Leadership Team". Quest. Tegna Inc./Cooper Media. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "TEGNA, Cooper Media to Launch Quest, a New Multicast Adventure and Exploration Network" (Press release). Tegna Inc. November 7, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2018 – via Business Wire.
  3. ^ Jon Lafayette (November 7, 2017). "Tegna Launching Quest, New Multicast Net, With Cooper". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Dade Hayes (November 7, 2017). "Tegna And Cooper Media Plan Adventure-Themed Multicast Network Quest". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Mark K. Miller (November 7, 2017). "Tegna, Cooper Media to Launch Quest Diginet". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Hayes, Dade; Hayes, Dade (May 6, 2019). "Tegna Acquires Multicast Networks Quest And Justice Network In $91M Deal".
  7. ^ "All Shows". Quest. Tegna Inc./Cooper Media. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Stations for Network - Quest". RabbitEars. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Jon Lafayette (December 20, 2017). "Univision Stations to Carry New Quest Diginet". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Richard Middleton (December 21, 2017). "Univision helps Cooper with Quest". C21Media. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Goodbye". January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.

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