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Live Well Network

Live Well Network
Country US
Availability 67%
Slogan Find Balance, Feel Beautiful
Owner ABC Owned Television Stations
(Disney–ABC Television Group)
Key people
Peggy Allen (vice president)
Rebecca Campbell (ABC TV Stations president)
Launch date
April 27, 2009 (2009-04-27)
Former names
Live Well HD Network
Affiliates See below
Former affiliations
See below
Official website

Live Well Network is a home, health and lifestyle high definition digital subchannel network owned by Disney–ABC Television Group, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and is operated by the ABC Owned Television Stations. The network launched as Live Well HD Network on April 27, 2009, and is currently available on digital subchannels of all ABC -owned and -operated stations and a handful of other station groups.

The channel airs home, health and lifestyle programming and is similar to Ion Life, which launched in 2007, with American Public Television's Create serving as its main competitor.

It will be shut down in 2015 as part of a plan to focus on news and other divisions of ABC Owned Television Stations


WPVI-DT 6.2 ID, 2012

ABC Owned Television Stations began development of a potential subchannel network in 2007. To appeal to non-ABC affiliates it was decided not to use ABC branding in any way.[1]

Live Well Network was launched on April 26, 2009 in high definition on ABC's owned-and-operated stations as part of the stations' subchannels.[2][3][4] Initially, the network only had three hours of original programming that are looped through out the day which was all sourced from ABC stations.[1] In September 2010, Belo became the first non-ABC group to sign on with the network, adding it to their stations on November 8, 2010. Not all of the Belo-owned stations originally aired the network in widescreen (unlike the ABC group), which led the network to drop the "HD" from its branding to become simply Live Well Network.[5]

Two LWN owned and operated stations, WJRT and WTVG, were sold to Lilly Broadcasting closing on April 1, 2011.[6] On May 26, 2011, it was announced that a deal has been reached to air the network on nine Scripps-owned stations (several, but not all of them, are ABC affiliates).[7] In August 2011, the network pick up the live style talk program, Steven and Chris, for broadcast being in the fall.[8] On January 9, 2012, Citadel Communications announced that it will be adding Live Well to all 5 of its major network-affiliated stations (four of them ABC affiliates), bringing the network's reach to around 55% U.S. television households.[9] Young Broadcasting announced the addition of most of their stations to the network as of the end of January 2012; carriage agreements were maintained when Young was purchased by Media General in November 2013.[10]

A 1 hour two-week LWN block was broadcast on Soapnet weeknights from 11 PM to 12 AM (ET/PT) starting on July 30, 2012 through Friday, August 10, 2012.[11]

The network lost affiliates in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee in March 2013 as a result of the sale of Newport Television's stations to Nexstar Broadcasting; Nexstar generally does not carry subchannel networks in any form, and lost three more affiliates in October 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri when KMCI-TV dropped the network in favor of Bounce TV and in January 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT when KSL-TV dropped the network in favor of Cozi TV and later that month in Rock Island, IL when WHBF-TV dropped the network likely for the same reason of the Memphis and Jackson, TN stations dropping the network. On February 17, 2014, KMOV in St. Louis dropped the network, as new owner Meredith Corporation plans on using the bandwidth for ATSC M/H mobile DTV, better known by the brand name Dyle (the subchannel was later re-launched to allow the launch of a replacement MyNetworkTV affiliate for the St. Louis area).[12]

The Phoenix DMA is the largest TV market that does not have a Live Well affiliate, since Scripps-owned KNXV-TV (an ABC affiliate) switched to Antenna TV in January 2014, citing viewer demand for the classic TV network as the reason for dropping Live Well.[13]

On June 9, 2014, network vice president Peggy Allen and ABC Owned Television Stations president Rebecca Campbell jointly announced to Live Well Network's staff that they planned to shut down the network in January 2015. Campbell and Allen stated that despite the success of the network, the division wanted to prioritize "local content" and its "core local news brands".[14][15] Some of the network's shows might move over to the fyi cable network, a network ABC holds a half-interest in with Hearst Television via the A&E Networks joint venture.[16] Other wise, the shows are expected to shut down.[17]


Many of the network's shows are produced by the local ABC Owned Television Stations.[16] Initially, the network only had three hours of original programming that are looped through out the day which was all sourced from ABC stations.[1] The network expanded to six hours on January 11, 2011 with six more 1/2 hour shows were added. This allowed the block of show to loop three times daily with rotating episodes with an episode not being shown more than twice in a day.[18] ABC's affiliated cable channel FYI may take on some of the Live Well Network programs with the network ceasing broadcasting.[16]
Sourcing Production co. Name Start End Host Description
ABC Station Advice for Life April 2009 general advice[4]
KGO-TV Home with Lisa Quinn Lisa Quinn one room make overs[4][19]
WLS-TV Let’s Dish Chef Chris Koetke, Dean of the School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College[4] cooking show[1]
KTRK-TV Mirror Mirror[1] Rebecca Spera fashion and beauty tips[20]
KFSN-TV Motion Greg Aiello[15] outdoor travel show[1]
WLS-TV and Answers Media, LLC Say Ahh... health and medical news[4]
WPVI-TV 6ABC Mary Talks Money January 11, 2010 Mary Caraccioli a financial advice and literacy show[18][21]
KABC-TV Custom Fit fall 2010 Lori Corbin, food and fitness coach health living series covering a range of topics from dieting to workout routines[22]
KGO-TV Good Cookin’ Bruce Aidells, a chef, food commentator and best-selling author cooking program[22]
WLS-TV Here’s How, Right Now former HGTV host Joel Schmarge provides instructions on non-professional needed household projects[22]
KABC-TV OTRC: On the Red Carpet[22] 2013[23] Rachel Smith and Chris Balish entertainment magazine[22]
WPVI-TV Sweet Retreats[16]
Outside Answers Media Save My Planet January 11, 2010 eco-info series[18]
Canada syndicated My Green House an "Extreme Home Makeover" like show[18]
Associated Television International Laurie McKenzie’s Traveler fall 2010 Laura McKenzie travel to various sought-after destinations[22]
Entertainment Concepts International Treasure Hunters Roadshow Andy St. Clair seeks out eclectic collectors’ items[22]
CBC Television Steven and Chris fall 2011[8] Steven Sabados
Chris Hyndman
Gotta Know January 11, 2010 a high-tech gadget show[18]
Everyday Living lifestyle show[18]
Mexico: One Plate At A Time[15] Rick Bayless off (PBS) network Mexican food series[18]
We Owe What? January 12, 2012[24] Mary Caraccioli Host helps family with debt[24]
My Family Recipe Rocks Joey Fatone home cooking[15]
Live Big with Ali Vincent Ali Vincent[15]
Food Rush September 8, 2012 Ryan Scott follows the chef as he works his catering business, food truck and the opening of a new restaurant[25]
Deals consumer reporter Kat Cosley who gives or finds money-saving tips[20]
Home Chef Showdown June 22, 2014 June 24, 2014 Ryan Scott home cooks face off judged by a panel of chefs in this special three episode series[26]
Knock It Off! July 6, 2014
  • Monica Mangin
  • Jess Jackson
13 episodes; low cost one room make over[27]

Video Quality

Former logo under the "Live Well HD Network" branding.

The network broadcasts in a lower-bandwidth form of 720p HD format in order to preserve bandwidth for the main HD station signal and additional 480i digital subchannels.

Cable carriage is also featured in the ABC markets (e.g., Comcast in Houston, Texas and Cablevision in the New York/Tri-State Region), either through the full HD feed or a 480i standard definition version.[28][29]


DMA Name Station Channel Owner Start End
Media General
Prism Broadcasting
E.W. Scripps 2011[7]
Journal Broadcast Group September 12, 2011[30]
(Derry, NH)
Carlisle One Media
Source Media
Gannett November 8, 2010[5]
7.2 HD, 7.3 SD
ABC TV Stations April 27, 2009[2]
E.W. Scripps 2011[7]
E.W. Scripps[7] September 5, 2011[32]
Gannett November 8, 2010[5]
Nexstar Broadcasting Group January 16, 2012[9]
E.W. Scripps 2011[7]
11.2HD, 11.3SD
ABC TV Stations April 27, 2009[2]
Eureka (Calif.) KAEF Bonten Media Group September 1, 2011[33]
Gray Television April 27, 2009[2] November 16, 2014[34]
30.2HD, 30.3SD
ABC TV Stations April 27, 2009[2]
Media General
Greenville-New Bern (N.C.) WCTI Bonten Media Group September 1, 2011[33]
Gannett November 8, 2010[5]
13.2HD, 13.3SD
ABC TV Stations April 27, 2009[2]
E.W. Scripps October 3, 2011[20]
E.W. Scripps 2011[7] ?
Media General
Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Media General
Journal Broadcast Group October 1, 2011[30]
Lincoln KLKN
Citadel Communications January 16, 2012[9][35]
Sinclair Broadcasting September 2011[36]
7.2HD, 7.3SD
ABC TV Stations April 27, 2009[2]
Chambers Communications
BH Media
Journal Broadcast Group October 1, 2011[30]
Hubbard Broadcasting
Media General
Gannett November 8, 2010[5]
7.2HD, 7.3SD'
ABC TV Stations April 27, 2009[2]
Journal Broadcast Group October 1, 2011[30]
OTA Broadcasting, LLC
E.W. Scripps 2011[7] January 1, 2014[37]
6.2HD, 6.3SD
ABC, Inc.
(Operated through its subsidiary ABC TV Stations)
April 27, 2009[2]
OTA Broadcasting, LLC
Sander Media, LLC/Gannett
Citadel Communications January 16, 2012[9] August 18, 2014[38]
Redding/Chico WRCR Bonten Media Group September 1, 2011[33]
Media General
Nexstar Broadcasting Group January 16, 2012[9] January 15, 2014[39]
Sacramento KXTV Gannett September 1, 2011[33]
St. Louis, MO KMOV
Meredith November 8, 2010[5] February 17, 2014
Caribbean Broadcasting Network May 1, 2011[40]
Sinclair Broadcasting
7.2HD, 7.3SD
ABC TV Stations April 27, 2009[2]
Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Quincy Newspapers
E .W. Scripps 2011[7]
Gray Television April 27, 2009[2] September 1, 2014[42]
Tricities, TN WCYB-TV Bonten Media Group September 1, 2011[33]
Journal Broadcast Group October 1, 2011[30]
E.W. Scripps 2011[7]
Sinclair Broadcasting July 1, 2012[36]
E.W. Scripps 2011[7] April 21, 2014[43]
Wichita, Kansas KGPT Great Plains TV September 1, 2011[33]
Drewry Communications Group October 2011[44]


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External links

  • Official website
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