Two more over-the-air TV channels are on their way to Central Texas.
Media General, owner of CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO, has signed deals to carry the Grit and Laff networks.
Grit, which targets a primarily male audience with shows such as “Walker, Texas Ranger” and Western flicks, will pop up soon on KNVA’s 54.2 digital subchannel.
The network is about a year old and has a companion female-focused network, Escape, that isn’t presently being aired in the Austin area.
Laff will air on KBVO’s 14.2 digital subchannel. The network, which launched seven months ago, primarily runs reruns of sitcoms such as “Empty Nest,” “Ellen,” “Spin City,” “Grace Under Fire,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “The Drew Carey Show.”
Media General hasn’t said just yet when exactly the two networks will make their debut here.
“The addition of these powerful stations … widens our already robust and expansive market coverage for our young networks,” said Jeffrey Wolf, chief distribution officer for Katz Broadcasting, the company behind Escape, Grit and Laff.
Monday’s announcement comes just about a week after Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, another Media General station, added the ION network to one of its digital subchannels.