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Yodit Tewolde Joins Politan, Iyer and Grant as New Court TV Anchor Team

ATLANTA (Jan. 30, 2019) — The new Court TV has added Yodit Tewolde to its growing on-air news team as the network builds to its launch in May.

Tewolde fills Court TV’s fourth and final anchor position, joining Vinnie Politan, Seema Iyer and Julie Grant at the network desk. All four are seasoned journalists and lawyers who have successfully blended television and legal careers.

With an established career as a trial attorney and staunch advocate for criminal justice reform, Tewolde has provided legal expertise and analysis for multiple national news outlets including CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Fox News and Fox Business. She is currently an Associate Judge for the City of Dallas, TX and has also served as Assistant District Attorney in the Dallas County DA’s office for several years. She founded and is currently managing attorney for her own law firm. Tewolde holds a Juris Doctor degree from Southern University Law Center.

“We’re thrilled to land Yodit,” said Scott Tufts, Court TV Vice President & Managing Editor of Newsroom Operations. “Like Vinnie, Seema and Julie, she is a smart and insightful journalist who takes her responsibility to viewers very seriously. All four are passionate and thoughtful about trial coverage on television and we are excited to have them at the helm of the new Court TV.”

For nearly two decades, Court TV brought high-profile courtroom dramas into American living rooms. Continuing that legacy, Katz Networks is relaunching one of the most iconic brands in television history in May. The new Court TV will be devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials.

The network will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be carried on cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top. Court TV already has agreements with local TV station group owners for Court TV to reach more than 50 percent of U.S. television households at launch through over-the-air broadcast, with concurrent cable carriage reaching 25 percent of U.S. cable homes.

More Court TV announcements are expected shortly.

Katz Networks is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

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Court TV Announces Additions to On-Air Team:
Seema Iyer, Julie Grant Join Vinnie Politan as Anchors, Chanley Painter Hired as Legal Correspondent, Ted Rowlands and Julia Jenaé Named Field Producers/Reporters

MIAMI (Jan. 22, 2019) — The new Court TV has added five seasoned journalists, four of whom are lawyers who have successfully have blended television and legal careers, to its growing on-air news team as the network builds to its launch in May: Seema Iyer and Julie Grant will join Vinnie Politan at the Court TV anchor desk, Chanley Painter has been named legal correspondent and veteran crime and justice journalists Ted Rowlands and Julia Jenaé have been tapped as field producers and reporters.

Iyer has served as a fill-in host for Ashleigh Banfield on HLN’s Crime & Justice while also appearing on MSNBC and CNN as a legal analyst. She has also worked for ABC and Fox affiliates as an anchor and reporter. Previously, Iyer was a prosecutor in New York City. She went on to run her own criminal law practice in Manhattan where she represented the NYPD while also handling Constitutional Law and Civil Rights cases. She developed an expertise in forensic technology, science, medicine and psychiatry by completing a post-baccalaureate program in Physics and Biochemistry. She graduated from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC and went to law school at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.

Grant is currently legal editor, anchor and reporter at KDKA-TV, the CBS owned-and-operated station in Pittsburgh. She has also taught at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law. Prior to joining KDKA, she was an anchor for three years at the Fox affiliate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Before that, she served as Assistant District Attorney of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) from 2009-2013. Grant has a Master of Laws with Honors and in Trial Advocacy from Temple and a law degree from University of Akron School of Law.

Painter served as a deputy prosecutor in Arkansas and was also in private practice before working in television, most recently serving as a Legal Analyst for the NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas. She studied law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, earning a place on the Law Review Editorial Board.

Rowlands is a crime and justice correspondent with more than 20 years of experience covering such high profile criminal cases as those involving O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Jodi Arias, Scott Peterson, Robert Blake and Phil Spector. He has worked for ABC News, CNN and in local television, as well as serving as a contributor on crime documentaries produced by ABC, the BBC, Discovery ID and Turner Broadcasting.

Jenaé is a two-time EMMY-Award winning investigative journalist and attorney. She joins Court TV from the NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida, where she was Investigative and Legal Reporter after previously working for the ABC affiliate in Tyler, Texas. Several of Jenaé’s investigative reports have prompted state investigations, policy changes, legislative action and reimbursement of taxpayer money.

Politan is an EMMY Award-winning legal journalist who was a popular face on the original Court TV, leading the network’s coverage of the nation’s most compelling trials. A lawyer and former prosecutor, Politan has been covering the world of crime, trials and justice for more than 20 years, hosting legal and news programs on HLN, Sirius XM and, most recently, for the NBC affiliate in Atlanta.

For nearly two decades, Court TV brought high-profile courtroom dramas into American living rooms. Continuing that legacy, Katz Networks is relaunching one of the most iconic brands in television history in May. The new Court TV will be devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials. The network will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be carried on cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top. Katz Networks is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

Politan is an EMMY Award-winning legal journalist who was a popular face on the original Court TV, leading the network’s coverage of the nation’s most compelling trials. A lawyer and former prosecutor, Politan has been covering the world of crime, trials and justice for more than 20 years, hosting legal and news programs on HLN, Sirius XM and, most recently, for the NBC affiliate in Atlanta.

For nearly two decades, Court TV brought high-profile courtroom dramas into American living rooms. Continuing that legacy, Katz Networks is relaunching one of the most iconic brands in television history in May. The new Court TV will be devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials. The network will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be carried on cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top. Katz Networks is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

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Court TV to return to television:
Katz Networks to launch new 24/7 network devoted to gavel-to-gavel trial coverage

(DEC. 10. 2018) — One of the most iconic brands in television history will return when Katz Networks, part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP), relaunches Court TV – a new network devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials.

For more than 20 years, Court TV brought high-profile courtroom dramas, including the trials of O.J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers and Casey Anthony, into American living rooms. Continuing that legacy, the new Court TV network will launch in May 2019 and run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will be available for cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top carriage.

In rebooting Court TV, Katz Networks announced:

  • It has acquired Court TV’s intellectual property, including the trademark, website and complete, original 100,000-hour Court TV library from Turner Broadcasting.
  • Original Court TV anchor Vinnie Politan will serve as lead anchor.
  • Former Court TV and CNN producers John Alleva and Scott Tufts will join as vice presidents and
    managing editors.
  • The new Court TV has secured over-the-air distribution agreements with major local TV station group
    owners including Tribune, Scripps and Univision. These agreements allow Court TV to reach more than 50 percent of U.S. television households at launch, with concurrent cable carriage of 25 percent of U.S. cable homes.

“Court TV was a top-20 cable network and at the height of its popularity when the network was taken off the air in 2008,” said Jonathan Katz, president and CEO of Katz Networks. “Today, while consumer interest in the real-life drama of true-crime programming is at an all-time high, there is no dedicated daily court coverage on television. We expect the new Court TV to fill that void on cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top.”

Programming and team
Like the original Court TV, the network will be devoted to around-the-clock coverage and analysis of the nation’s top trials. The acquisition of the Court TV assets includes footage of more than 1,000 trials, providing a wealth of content that will allow Court TV to enhance new courtroom coverage, revisit past trials and create original programming and specials.

Katz has made several key hires as it builds the network’s newsroom and studio in Atlanta:

  • Emmy Award-winning legal journalist Vinnie Politan will serve as the network’s lead anchor. Politan was a popular face on the original Court TV, leading the network’s coverage of the nation’s most compelling trials. A lawyer and former prosecutor, Politan has been covering the world of crime, trials and justice for more than 20 years, hosting legal and news programs on HLN, Sirius XM and, most recently, for the NBC affiliate in Atlanta.
  • John Alleva and Scott Tufts join as vice presidents and managing editors for Court TV. The two have a combined 40 years of experience producing trials for Court TV and CNN. Alleva was the lead producer for Court TV for more than 15 years and managed editorial content and field operations. Tufts spearheaded CNN’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias and George Zimmerman trials.

Distribution
Katz already has agreements with local TV station group owners for Court TV to reach more than 50 percent of U.S. television households at launch through over-the-air broadcast, with concurrent cable carriage reaching 25 percent of U.S. cable homes.

  • Tribune Broadcasting will carry Court TV in 22 markets, including New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston; Miami-Fort Lauderdale; Denver; St. Louis; Seattle-Tacoma, Washington; and Sacramento, California.
  • Eight Scripps markets will carry Court TV, including Tampa, Florida; Detroit; Cleveland; Cincinnati; Las Vegas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Tucson, Arizona.
  • Entravision Communications’ 10 Court TV markets include Boston; Orlando, Florida; and Wichita, Kansas.
  • Univision Communications will carry the network in San Antonio; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Bakersfield, California.
  • Citadel Communications will air Court TV in Providence, Rhode Island.

“Scripps and Katz look forward to reestablishing Court TV’s important legacy of providing Americans with transparency into the U.S. courts system and fulfilling our company mission of journalism and public service,” said Brian Lawlor, president of Local Media for Scripps. “We believe today’s TV audiences will be drawn to the network, leading to the same strong revenue growth and return on investment the other Katz networks have delivered.”

The Katz Networks are targeted, demo-specific brands leading a new generation of fast-growing broadcast networks created to serve cord-cutters, cord-nevers and subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) subscribers. Bounce, seen in 91 percent of U.S. households and 97 percent of all target-market, African-American television homes, is the first and only African-American broadcast network and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more. Escape, currently in 93 percent of the U.S., reaches women 25-54 with a brand of programming anchored in stories of crime and mystery. Grit, available in 90 percent of U.S. households, targets men 25-54 with a lineup of western and action movies and series. Laff, covering 93 percent of the U.S., is the nation’s first over-the-air network devoted to comedy around- the-clock, and presents contemporary off-network sitcoms and popular movies geared toward an audience of adults 18-49. Brown Sugar is the popular new streaming service featuring the biggest collection of iconic African-American movies available. And “The List” is the nationally syndicated daily news magazine program featuring everything that’s trending in pop culture.

About Scripps
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands. With 33 television stations, Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners. Scripps runs a collection of national journalism and content businesses, including Newsy, the next-generation national news network; podcast industry leader Stitcher; the fast-growing national broadcast networks Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff; and Triton, the global leader in digital audio technology and measurement services. Scripps produces original programming including “Pickler & Ben,” runs an award- winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

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