Start TV

Start TV is an American free-to-air television network owned by Weigel Broadcasting. Predominantly carried on the digital subchannels of its affiliated television station in most markets, it primarily airs classic television drama series from the 1980s through the 2000s, with a focus on dramas, police and legal procedurals geared toward female audiences. The network originates from Weigel Broadcasting's headquarters on North Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois.[2][3]

Start TV
TypeFree-to-air television network
AvailabilityNationwide, via digital terrestrial television
(U.S. coverage: 45%)
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois
OwnerStart TV LLC[1]
(Weigel Broadcasting)
Key people
Launch date
September 3, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-09-03)
Picture format
480i widescreen (SDTV)
(4:3 programming adapted to 16:9)
Channel 291
AffiliatesList of affiliates
Official website


On July 18, 2018, Weigel Broadcasting announced the formation of Start TV, with plans to launch the network on Labor Day of that year (September 3).[2] The network initially debuted on the subchannels of five of Weigel's TV stations, three stations owned by Bahakel Communications, 17 CBS TV stations,[4][5][6] and three CW owned-and-operated stations.

Weigel indicated that CBS suggested the idea for the network to allow more modern programming not being carried by cable networks or streaming services to find a place to air.[7] Start TV officially launched on September 3, 2018, at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with the pilot episode of Touched by an Angel ("The Southbound Bus") as its inaugural broadcast. Variety 's 2019 Nielsen ratings list showed that Start TV averaged 114,000 viewers in prime time, up 65% from the 2018 average.[8]


Similar to its male-targeted sister network Heroes & Icons (H&I), Start TV airs legal/police procedurals and various other dramas - but instead targeting a female audience, featuring shows led by/centered around women. The network features series from the 1980s to the 2010s,[7] and runs a uniform programming schedule with shows airing mainly at the same time seven days a week.[2] Start TV also has a one-hour block of E/I children's programming on Sunday mornings between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Eastern Time in order to fulfill FCC obligations.

Current programsEdit


E/I programmingEdit


As of August 2018, Start TV has affiliation agreements with television stations in 27 media markets encompassing 20 states, covering 45.52% of the United States.[9] The network is carried on the digital subchannels of television stations in most of its markets (with potential exceptions in certain areas where a future affiliate may opt to carry the network on its main feed), and is also carried on cable television providers through their digital tiers at the discretion of the affiliate's parent station in certain markets. The network initially launched primarily on subchannels of stations owned by Weigel Broadcasting and CBS Television Stations. (In many of the CBS markets, Start TV displaced Weigel and CBS's classic television network venture Decades, with Weigel assuming the local Decades affiliation rights on stations it owns in certain markets where CBS Television Stations owns a CBS and/or CW owned-and-operated station, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.) Bahakel Communications also contributed stations to serve as charter affiliates.[2]

In South Bend, Indiana (where Weigel Broadcasting owns ABC affiliate WBND-LD, CW affiliate WCWW-LD and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYS-LD) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (where Weigel owns CBS affiliate WDJT-TV, independent station WMLW, MeTV owned-and-operated station WBME-CD and Telemundo affiliate WYTU-LD), the network displaced This TV on WCWW-LD2 and WYTU-LD3, effectively leaving that network without an affiliate in either market. (Weigel – which was part-owner of that network from its founding in October 2008 – had continued to hold the This TV affiliation rights for the Milwaukee market after Tribune Broadcasting assumed Weigel's interest and operational responsibilities in the network in November 2013; Tribune's former Milwaukee station, WITI, never claimed the This TV affiliation in the market despite Weigel moving the This affiliation to lower-tier channel slots several times.)[10]

In October 2020, Start TV was made available on Sling TV.[11]

Current affiliatesEdit

City of license/market Station Virtual
Physical channel Primary affiliation Owner Date of affiliation Replaced[2][9]


Montgomery WBMM 22.3 18 The CW Bahakel Communications September 3, 2018 Heartland


Phoenix KUTP 45.5 26 MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations Coming Soon (Per Start TV website)[12]


Los Angeles KCBS-TV 2.2 31 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
SacramentoStocktonModesto KOVR 13.2 25
San FranciscoOaklandSan Jose KPIX-TV 5.2 29


Denver KCNC-TV 4.2 35 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades


Hartford and New Haven WHCT-LD 35.3 35 MeTV Weigel Broadcasting September 30, 2020


TampaSt. Petersburg WTOG 44.2 19 The CW CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
Miami-Fort Lauderdale WFOR-TV 4.2 22 CBS
Orlando WKMG-TV 6.4 26 Graham Media Group December 2018
Jacksonville WJXT 4.3 18 Independent 2019 This TV


Atlanta WUPA 69.2 36 The CW CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades


Honolulu KITV 4.3 20 ABC Lilly Broadcasting October 2018


Boise KRID-LD 22.6 22 NewsMax TV Idaho TV 22 September 3, 2018 Untamed Sports TV


Chicago WBBM-TV 2.2 12 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
WMEU-CD 48.2 18 Independent Weigel Broadcasting Independent
Rockford WFBN-LD 35.3 35 Heroes & Icons


Fort Wayne WISE-TV 33.5 34 The CW Quincy Media
Indianapolis WBXI-CD 47.1 36 Primary CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
South Bend WCWW-LD 25.2 25 The CW Weigel Broadcasting This TV


Davenport KWQC-TV 6.5 17 NBC February 1, 2019


Topeka WIBW-TV 13.4 13 CBS Gray Television February 28, 2019
Wichita KSCW-DT 33.4 12 The CW Gray Television


Alexandria KBCA 41.3 26 Heroes & Icons Delta Media Corporation May 7, 2021
Lafayette KLWB 50.4 17 MeTV Delta Media Corporation May 7, 2021
Monroe KMLU 11.4 11 MeTV Legacy Broadcasting February 2019
New Orleans WVUE-DT 8.6 29 Fox Gray Television June 1, 2021
Shreveport KPXJ 21.3 32 CW KTBS, LLC March 1, 2021


Boston WBZ-TV 4.2 20 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades


Detroit WWJ-TV 62.2 21 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
Flint WJRT 12.4 12 ABC Gray Television August 30, 2019
Marquette WZMQ 19.4 19 MeTV Lilly Broadcasting
Lake City/Traverse City/Cadillac WMNN-LD 26.2 17 NewsNet Freelancer Television Broadcasting, Inc. Antenna TV


MinneapolisSt. Paul WCCO-TV 4.2 32 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
WalkerBemidji KCCW-TV 12.2 12


St. Louis KNLC 24.6 14 MeTV Weigel Broadcasting September 3, 2018


Omaha WOWT 6.5 22 NBC Gray Television February, 2019

New MexicoEdit

Albuquerque KASA-TV 15.2 15 MeTV Ramar Communications June 1, 2020 New Subchannel

New YorkEdit

Albany WNYT 13.3 12 NBC Hubbard Broadcasting June 1, 2019 Heroes & Icons
Buffalo WBBZ-TV 67.6 7 MeTV New Subchannel
New York City WCBS-TV 2.2 36 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
WLNY-TV 55.4 29 Independent May 1, 2021 Replaced by This TV
Rochester WHEC-TV 10.3 10 NBC Hubbard Broadcasting
Syracuse WTVU-CD 22.4 25 Cornerstone TV Rennard Comm. Corp.

North CarolinaEdit

Charlotte WCCB 18.5 18 The CW Bahakel Communications September 3, 2018
Raleigh WRAL-TV 5.3 17 NBC Capitol Broadcasting Company June 4, 2019


Cleveland WBNX-TV 55.5 30 Independent Winston Broadcasting Network December 1, 2018
Cincinnati WBQC-LD 25.10 28 Independent Elliot Block December 30, 2019 Heroes & Icons


Tulsa KMYT-TV 41.3 34 MyNetworkTV Cox Media Group Moves from 41.5 on June 27, 2021 Grit


Philadelphia KYW-TV 3.2 30 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
Pittsburgh KDKA-TV 2.2 25
Erie WICU-TV 12.4 12 NBC Lilly Broadcasting

South CarolinaEdit

Columbia WOLO-TV 25.2 7 ABC Bahakel Communications September 3, 2018 This TV
Myrtle Beach WFXB 43.3 36 Fox 2019


Kingsport, Tennessee WKPT-TV 19.5 19 Holston Valley Broadcasting Group October, 2019
Lebanon/Nashville WJFB 44.3 25 MeTV Weigel Broadcasting September 2020


DallasFort Worth KTVT 11.2 19 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
Corpus Christi KQSY-LD 30.2 30 Heartland Channel 7 of Corpus Christi, Inc. Fall 2020
Houston KPRC-TV 2.2 35 NBC Graham Media Group December 1, 2018 (Originally on 2.4 until March 29, 2021)
San Antonio KSAT-TV 12.5 12 ABC January 2019
Belton/Killeen/Temple/Waco KNCT 46.3 17 The CW Gray Television January 2, 2019


Cedar City, Utah (Salt Lake City) KCSG 8.3 14 Heroes & Icons Weigel Broadcasting September 3, 2018


Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia WSLS-TV 10.4 34 NBC Graham Media Group 2019


Tacoma (Seattle) KSTW 11.2 11 The CW CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
Bellingham KVOS-TV 12.5 35 Heroes & Icons Weigel Broadcasting


Eau Claire WEAU 13.5 38 NBC Gray Television
Green Bay WBAY-TV 2.5 23 ABC February 1, 2019[13]
Madison WMTV 15.5 19 NBC June 1, 2020
Milwaukee WDJT-TV 58.5 29 CBS Weigel Broadcasting September 3, 2018[10]
WYTU-LD 63.2 16 Telemundo

Former affiliatesEdit

Market Station Channel Current owner Years of affiliation Notes
WSCG 34.10 Tri-State Christian Television 2019-2020


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  3. ^ Robert Feder (July 19, 2018). "Weigel to launch Start TV digital network with CBS Television Stations". Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Tara Bitran (July 18, 2018). "TV News Roundup: Netflix Offers First Look at 'Narcos: Mexico,' Trailer for Rev Run's 'All About the Washingtons'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Melissa Hudson (July 18, 2018). "Weigel Broadcasting Co. to launch new 'Start TV' network in association with CBS television stations". WBND-LD. Weigel Broadcasting. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Phil Kurz (July 30, 2018). "Start TV Diginet To Showcase Strong, Resourceful Women". TVTechnology. Future plc. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Chris Foran (July 19, 2018). "New over-the-air TV channel, Start TV, to focus on shows with strong female leading characters". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gannett Company. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Schneider, Michael (26 Dec 2019). "Most-Watched Television Networks: Ranking 2019's Winners and Losers". Variety. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Stations for Network - Start TV". RabbitEars. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Chris Foran (August 27, 2018). "TV channel-surfing: Start TV and Justice Milwaukee are in, This TV's out, and Movies! is moving". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gannett Company. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Watch Start TV Online". Sling TV. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  12. ^ Start TV - Where to Watch
  13. ^ "WBAY TV-2 adds H&I and Start TV to channel line up". January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.

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