One of the great, unheralded success stories of 2009 was the launch of a brand new television network from Chicago. And starting this week, the Live Well HD digital channel will build on that success by doubling its lineup of original programming.
Already carried by all 10 ABC-owned television stations (encompassing nearly one-quarter of U.S. households) and streaming‚ online, the network is poised for major expansion in the coming year. It appears here on ABC Digital Channel 7.2, Comcast Channel 217, Wide Open West Channel 219 and RCN Channel 618.
Live Well HD is the brainchild of Emily Barr, president and general manager of ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7. The fact that it's considered a "robust business" only nine months after its debut flies in the face of cutbacks almost everywhere else. While most other stations have reduced their non-news output to practically zero -- and continue to squander their digital channel tiers with cheap space fillers -- Barr has proved there's still a market for quality content even in the most difficult economic times.