Wallet-friendly streaming service Philo has quietly removed the 24-hour digital news channel Newsy from its lineup.
The E. W. Scripps Company this week launched a new regional news network that will cover the state of Florida.
The trick, which was ultimately revealed on “Last Week Tonight,” was part of a broader commentary on the practice of sponsored content.
A variant of the news channel Newsy will soon launch on dozens of Ion Media stations owned by the Scripps, the company said in a press release.
A local Scripps station has been sued for alleged defamation stemming from a series of news reports published last year.
Scripps is expected to launch two new digital broadcast networks this year while simultaneously exploring new streaming opportunities for its existing networks.
Scripps is integrating its Katz digital networks with newly-acquired Ion Media Networks this week.
Scripps has signaled its interest to keep Sacramento TV station KSPX once its blockbuster merger with Ion is complete.
E.W. Scripps has agreed to sell 26 Ion Media stations to a shell company for more than $45 million, according to filings.
Grit, Laff, Court TV and Newsy will eventually replace Ion Plus, Qubo and two home shopping channels.