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Newsmax TV is an American free-to-air[1] news channel that is owned by Newsmax Media. The live stream of the channel is also available for free online. The channel primarily broadcasts from Newsmax's New York studio near Bryant Park, carrying a news/talk format during the day and acquired documentaries and films at night.[2]

Newsmax TV
Newsmax TV Logo.png
LaunchedJune 16, 2014; 5 years ago (2014-06-16)
Owned byNewsmax Media
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to widescreen 480i for SDTVs)
SloganReal News for Real People
Independent. American.
Real News. Better Talk.
CountryUnited States
Broadcast area
United States
TV schedule
DirecTVChannel 349
DishChannel 216
OrbyTVChannel 308
Available on many American cable providersChannel slots may vary on each operator
ComcastChannel 1115
TDSChannel 1209
Channel 209
Verizon FiOSChannel 115 (SD)
Channel 615 (HD)
CenturyLinkChannel 209 (SD)
Channel 1209 (HD)
AT&T U-verseChannel 1220
Streaming media
NewsmaxTV.comWatch live

The channel was created by American journalist and Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy.[1] It launched on June 16, 2014 to 35 million satellite subscribers through DirecTV and Dish Network.[3] As of February 16, 2018, the network reaches over 50 million homes.[4]

Newsmax TV has generally been described as conservative, broadcasting many programs hosted by conservative media personalities. Other conservative-leaning competition includes Fox News Channel, One America News Network, and TheBlaze. Its historical documentary programming (largely centered on U.S. history with an emphasis on World War II) is similar to, and competes with similar programming on, competitors such as American Heroes Channel, Quest and what formerly aired on History Channel.


Network launchEdit

In May 2014, American news organization Newsmax Media announced that it had signed a distribution deal with DirecTV and would launch a national television news channel to compete directly with CNN, Fox News, and other American news networks. It was launched to provide independent news with a "mainstream conservative tilt" while offering a balanced perspective and being open to all points of view. In addition to politics, Newsmax TV would also provide a full range of informational programming and lifestyle content in the areas of health, finance, and personal well-being.[5] The channel was launched on June 16, 2014. It initially carried live programming from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, with more programming to be added.


On June 29, 2015, Newsmax Prime, a Monday through Friday prime time news and talk show launched. It is hosted by former United States Representative and talk radio host J. D. Hayworth.[6]

On January 16, 2016, Dennis Michael Lynch: Unfiltered debuted on the channel. Hosted by businessman and filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch, the program featured investigative reporting, interviews, and commentary with a heavy emphasis on user interaction through social media.[7] The program ended after the first segment of the August 10 episode after Lynch announced that he would resign from the network and made comments defending Fox News and criticizing Newsmax TV for its reporting of the Trump campaign and suggesting they were restricting his editorial control; he was escorted out from the network's New York studio in during what would have been the first commercial break.[8] J. D. Hayworth disputed Lynch's claims about Donald Trump, saying that Lynch was not embracing the truth and was engaging in self-censorship. That show was replaced the next Monday with an hour-long video simulcast of radio's The Howie Carr Show from WRKO in Boston.[9]

Terrestrial affiliatesEdit

Newsmax TV mainly depends on its carriage on cable services for viewership, along with streaming on their website and open digital media player platforms such as Roku. However, the network carries a small base of free-to-air terrestrial television affiliates.

Current affiliatesEdit

City Callsign Virtual channel
Atlanta, Georgia WEQT-LD 9.1
Augusta, Georgia WAAU-LD 23.2
Boise, Idaho KRID-LD 22.1
Detroit, Michigan WADL (TV) 38.1
Fayetteville, North Carolina WNCB-LD 16.4
Fresno, California KVBC-LP 13.10
Kansas City, Missouri KCKS-LD 25.5
Lubbock, Texas KNKC-LD 29.7
Montgomery, Alabama WDSF-LD 19.5
Orlando, Florida WSWF-LD 20.6
Topeka, Kansas WROB-LD 25.5
Washington, DC WMDE 36.1
West Palm Beach, Florida WHDT 9.1
Wichita, Kansas KGPT-CD 26.7

Former affiliatesEdit

Market Station Channel Notes
Atlanta, Georgia WTBS-LD 26.5 Replaced with AMGTV
Cincinnati, Ohio WOTH-CD 20.5 Affiliation was discontinued after station ceased operations
Detroit, Michigan WUDL-LD 19.4 Replaced by Evine
Fort Smith, Arkansas KFLU-LD 20.6 Replaced by Heroes & Icons
Las Vegas, Nevada KNBX-CD 31.2 Replaced with Christian Television Network
Los Angeles, California KHIZ-LD 39.1 Replaced with Escape
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico W51DJ-D 51.1 Replaced with Azteca América
Nashville, Tennessee WKUW-LD 40.4 Replaced with The Country Network, then replaced with Quest
Phoenix, Arizona KFPB-LD 50.6 Replaced with Infomercials
Ponce, Puerto Rico W31DL-D 36.1 License cancelled October 4, 2018
Sacramento, California KFMS-LD 47.6 Channel went dark
San Juan, Puerto Rico W26DK-D 25.2 Replaced with OnTV4U

Notable personalitiesEdit

Original programmingEdit




  1. ^ a b " - Breaking news from around the globe: U.S. news, politics, world, health, finance, video, science, technology, live news stream". Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  2. ^ "News: Newsmax Media Opens TV Studio in New York". Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  3. ^ "Newsmax network debuts Monday on Dish, DirecTV". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  4. ^ "Newsmax TV Signs With DISH, Now in 50 Million Homes |". TheWrap. 2018-02-16. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  5. ^ "Newsmax TV Signs With DirecTV, Launch Set for June". Newsmax. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  6. ^ "Host JD Hayworth Brings Political Talk to Prime Time". Newsmax. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  7. ^ "Dennis Michael Lynch Hosts New Show on Newsmax TV". Newsmax. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  8. ^ "Newsmax Host Taken Off the Air After Calling Out His Network During Live Broadcast". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  9. ^ NewsmaxTV (2016-08-15), Newsmax Prime | Howie Carr talks about Newsmax TV broadcasting an hour of his popular radio show, retrieved 2016-08-16
  10. ^ "Newsmax TV".