In Response’s May issue, our annual Cable Network Directory did not include information from WGN America. Here is the network’s contact and demographic information, as well as a brief description:
685 Third Ave., 30th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 210-5921
Fax: (212) 210-5905
Male/Female Viewer Percentage: 43/57
Average Viewer Age: 60
Average Viewer Income: $42,100
Total U.S. Households: 80 million
Offers Long-Form/Short-Form Media: Yes/Yes
Description: WGN America, the flagship entertainment network of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is nationally distributed via cable, satellite, and telco, with entertainment programming including the original scripted series “Salem,” ”Outsiders,” and “Underground.” Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Media, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide.
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