Michael Malone of Broadcasting and Cable reports the Disney-ABC Television Group .2 sub-channel Live Well Network will be closing down at the beginning of 2015 so ABC stations like KTRK in Houston can focus on local programming. In Houston, the network airs on 13.2/13.3 and Comcast cable.
ABC will discontinue its homegrown digi-net Live Well Network in mid-January. Focused on food, fashion and travel, Live Well was viewed as an example of what broadcasters could pull off in the multicast space, with original programming and partner stations both within the ABC owned group and outside of it. But the numbers were not working for ABC.
“Despite Live Well's tremendous accomplishments in distribution and original programming, we made a strategic decision that our priority must be local content, and we want to maximize our investment in our core local news brands in the digital space,” said Rebecca Campbell (pictured), president of ABC Owned Television Stations, and Peggy Allen, Live Well VP of programming and operations, in a letter to Live Well partners.
KTRK produces one of the original shows left on air called Mirror Mirror hosted by former KHOU 11 Great Day Houston contributor Rebecca Spera. In 2011, Katishia Cosley joined the network as NewsFix took over CW39 KIAH where she had been weekend anchor to host Deals.
ABC is not saying what will replace the network, but I'm going to take a guess and say the new ABC News/Univision produced Fusion network.