Jewelry Television

Jewelry Television (commonly initialized as JTV) is an American television network. It was formerly called the America's Collectibles Network. The company sells both women's and men's jewelry. It has an estimated reach of more than 80 million U.S. households, through cable and satellite providers, online streaming and limited over-the-air broadcasters.[1]

The headquarters of Jewelry Television are located in Knoxville, Tennessee. It has manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

Jewelry Television
Jewelry television logo
LaunchedOctober 15, 1993
Owned byMultimedia Commerce Group, Inc.
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganOpening the world of fine jewelry and gemstones to everyone
HeadquartersKnoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Formerly calledAmerica's Collectibles Network (1993-2002)
Websitewww.jtv.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Available on some television stations full-time or late nightcheck local listings
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 313 (SD only)
Dish NetworkChannels 83 & 227 (SD only)
Cable
Verizon FiOS152 (SD) 652 (HD)
Available on many cable systemsCheck local listings
IPTV
AT&T U-verse197 (SD) 1056 (HD)
Streaming media
Live StreamWatch live
Digital media receiverRoku

History

Jewelry Television was founded as "America's Collectibles Network" (ACN) in 1993 by Jerry Sisk, Jr., Bob Hall, and Bill Kouns.[2][3] Sisk was a graduate gemologist, Kouns was a jewelry expert, and Hall had previously worked in the television industry.

The fledgling network began broadcasting from a studio in Greeneville, Tennessee, with just one television camera. ACN initially sold gemstones, jewelry, and collectible coins.[4] Sisk, Hall, and Kouns later moved the network to a larger headquarters and television studio in Knoxville.

In 2002, the company relaunched as Jewelry Television and has since focused on selling gemstones, jewelry and jewelry-making kits.

In 2006, Jewelry Television bought competitor Shop at Home and its assets from Scripps.[5]

On June 21, 2006, Jewelry Television replaced Shop at Home on Shop at Home-affiliated stations owned by Scripps.[6][7]

In 2008 and 2009, Jewelry Television experienced multiple rounds of layoffs, due to the "great recession" and increasing prices of gold and silver.

Jewelry Television has approximately 1,400 employees, as of May 2019.[8]

Overview

Jewelry Television airs 24 hours a day, although programming hours vary between each region, based on the local TV provider. In October 2008 the network began broadcasting in high definition. The network also streams online through its website, like most home shopping networks.[9]

In April 2012, Jewelry Television launched the Titanic Jewelry Collection. Created in partnership with Titanic Museum Attractions, this proprietary collection offers pieces in the Art Nouveau and Edwardian styles typical of that era.[10]

Lawsuits

On March 26, 2008, Jewelry Television filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Tennessee against Lloyd's of London, as a result of a criminal scheme that took place in 2006 and 2007. A person had used a bank account of the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York to buy more than $3.5 million in jewelry.[11]

On May 23, 2008, a $5 million class action lawsuit was filed in California against Jewelry Television. The suit alleged that since 2003 the shopping network has sold a gemstone called andesine-labradorite without disclosing its treatment, while promising buyers that this stone was rare and untreated. On June 2, 2008, Jewelry Television said andesine-labradorite has been sold in the gem trade since 2002 as natural and untreated material. "Lab reports from major laboratories have consistently confirmed these gemstones as natural and untreated. Jewelry Television, like other major retailers, relied upon the lab reports and general industry information".

On May 19, 2009, an age discrimination lawsuit was filed against Jewelry Television alleging an employee had been terminated as part of a company-wide reduction in workforce the previous May.[12]

References

  1. ^ Butcher, Dan (2014). "Jewelry Television targets consumers on the go with mobile shopping platforms". Mobile Commercial Daily. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Jewelry TV Cofounder Jerry Sisk Dies". Jewelers Circular Keystone Magazine. 2013-01-14. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  3. ^ "Jerry Sisk, JTV co-founder, dies at 59". National Jeweler. 2013-01-15. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
  4. ^ Ruben, Douglas H. (1997). Writing for Money in Mental Health. Psychology Press. pp. 277–278. ISBN 0-789-00101-2.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2015-05-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link).
  6. ^ "Jewelry Television Buys Shop at Home". JCK Magazine. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Jewelry Television Buys Shop at Home". jckonline.com. September 2006. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  8. ^ "About JTV (Jewelry Television) | JTV.com". www.jtv.com. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  9. ^ "Jewelry Television Celebrates "The Wendy Williams Show" Milestone". prweb.com. 2012-05-10. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Titanic Jewelry Collection". jtv.com. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Diamonds.net - Jewelry TV Sues Lloyd's, Plans More Suits in $3M e-Payment Fraud". www.diamonds.net. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  12. ^ "Report: Jewelry Television Sued By Ex-Employee". JCK. Retrieved 2019-05-11.

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Jerry Sisk Jr.

Gerald D. "Jerry" Sisk Jr. (February 2, 1953 – January 13, 2013) was an American gemologist who co-founded Jewelry Television (JTV) in 1993. Sisk also served as the executive vice president of Jewelry Television until his death in 2013.Sisk was born in New York and raised in the New York City Metropolitan Area.He began working in the jewelry industry as an apprentice as a teenager. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he was a member of the Pride of the Southland Band as a student.Sisk, who spoke six languages fluently, was a graduate gemologist accredited through studies at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He traveled to approximately forty countries during his career. He was a national committee member for the Gemstone Industry and Laboratory Conference and a member of the International Colored Gemstone Association.In 1993, Sisk co-founded what would become Jewelry Television together with two partners and longtime friends, Bob Hall and Bill Kouns. Kouns was a jewelry expert, while Hall had spent his career in the television industry. The new home shopping channel broadcast from a small studio in Greeneville, Tennessee, utilizing just one television camera. Eventually, Sisk and his partners moved to a larger, permanent television studio in Knoxville as business and viewers increased. Jewelry Television, which calls itself the largest retailer of loose gemstones in the United States, employed more than 1,200 people by the time of Sisk's death.Sisk's best known book, Guide to Gems & Jewelry, has sold more than 15,000 copies, resulting in a second edition. In April 2012, the Jewelers Circular Keystone, an industry trade magazine, included Sisk on its "Power List of industry movers and shakers" within the gem and gemstone field. The magazine called Sisk the fourth most influential person in its "Gems and gemology" sublist.Within the Knoxville area, Sisk served as a former President of the Knoxville Opera Company and held a seat on the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.Sisk died in his sleep at his home in Farragut, Tennessee, on January 13, 2013, at the age of 59. He was survived by his wife of thirty-seven years, Karen Lawhorn Sisk, his mother, Elaine Sisk, and his sister, Melanie. He was buried in Concord Masonic Cemetery in Concord, Tennessee.

KBCB

KBCB, virtual channel 24 (UHF digital channel 19), is a television station licensed to Bellingham, Washington, United States. The station is owned by Venture Technologies Group. KBCB's studios are located on Meridian Street in Bellingham, and its transmitter is located near Mount Constitution on Orcas Island. The station carries the Sonlife Broadcasting Network, Evine Live, Jewelry Television and QVC on its four digital subchannels.

KFLA-LD

KFLA-LD is a digital low-power television station licensed to Los Angeles, California. It currently broadcasts NewsNet on its main channel (8.1), The Country Network on 8.2, Corner Store TV on 8.3, BizTV on 8.4, and Jewelry Television on 8.5. The station broadcasts digitally on VHF channel 8, and is the first station located at Mount Wilson to broadcast solely with a digital signal. As of April 2019, subchannel 8.6 (formerly Rev'n) broadcasts only color bars.

KSFV-CD

KSFV-CD, virtual and UHF digital channel 27, is a Class A television station in Los Angeles, California, owned by Venture Technologies Group, LLC. The station transmits from Box Springs Mountain in northwestern Riverside County. This station is an affiliate of Jewelry Television.

KSTV-LD

KSTV-LD is a low power, digital television station in Sacramento, California, United States, affiliated with Jewelry Television. It operates on digital channel 32.

KVHF-LD

KVHF-LD is a low-power digital television station in Fresno, California, virtually broadcasting locally on VHF channel 4. It is on the air, and is testing its six streams of video as a digital-only station on UHF channel 42.KVHF-LD used to broadcast interactive music video programming from NOYZ. KVHF has been affiliated with Jewelry Television.

List of United States television markets

This is a list of television media markets in the United States, with a total of 110,244,650 households. Network owned-and-operated stations are highlighted in bold.

List of television stations in Kansas

This is a list of broadcast television stations serving cities in the U.S. state of Kansas.

Shop LC

Shop LC, formerly known as Liquidation Channel and The Jewelry Channel, is an American cable network based in Austin, Texas which mainly specializes in selling jewelry. The network is a subsidiary of the Indian-based Vaibhav Global Limited.The network's reach is approximately 77 million households in the United States. The network sells inventory in a reverse auction format. It additionally airs late nights on the American Spanish-English network LATV through a time brokerage agreement, and has 39 over-the-air affiliates in mid-to-major markets through digital subchannels. The channel primarily sells jewelry, along with fashion accessories such as scarves and handbags.

Shop at Home Network

The Shop at Home Network (more commonly known as just Shop at Home, Shop at Home TV, SATH) was a television network in the United States. Before its acquisition by Jewelry Television in 2006, Shop at Home (SATH NASDAQ) was a public company which sold its broadcast network in 2002 to the E. W. Scripps Company which owned and operated the network from 2002 until 2006, when the network temporarily ceased operations on June 21. In 2006, competitor Jewelry Television bought Shop at Home from owner The E. W. Scripps Company along with all of Shop at Home's assets. The network primarily focused on home shopping programming, as indicated by the name. During Scripps' ownership, some of its programming was done in conjunction with other Scripps channels (such as Food Network).

WAKN-LP

WAKN-LP was a low power television station that broadcast Jewelry Television and local programming in Akron, Ohio on Channel 11. Its original designation was W11CB from its inception in 1990 to May 23, 2000 when it was officially changed to WAKN-LP.

WAKN has officially been off the air (or, "silent") since November 20, 2005 as noted on their FCC records. The actual date the station went silent however, is unknown. The station's license to operate does not expire until October, 2021.

The station applied for a digital flash cut in February, 2014.

WBXZ-LP

WBXZ-LP is a low-power television station in Buffalo, New York, broadcasting locally on channel 17. Owned by Steven Ritchie, WBXZ operates a large and varying number of digital subchannels, two of which are permanent: Cozi TV on 56.1 and independent "Throwback Television" on 56.4.

WDCO-CD

WDCO-CD, virtual channel 10 (UHF digital channel 45), is a low-powered, Class A Jewelry Television-affiliated television station serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the United States. The station is licensed to Woodstock, Virginia, but has a transmitter located near The Plains, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. television market.

WEPT-CD

WEPT-CD, channel 22 (PSIP 15), is a television station licensed to serve Newburgh, New York. The station is owned by Venture Technologies Group, and is a Jewelry Television affiliate.

WFVX-LD

WFVX-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 22, is a low-power Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Bangor, Maine, United States, serving Central and Eastern Maine. Owned by Rockfleet Broadcasting, it is a sister station to ABC affiliate WVII-TV (channel 7). The two stations share studios on Target Industrial Circle in West Bangor; WFVX's transmitter is located on Black Cap Mountain along the Penobscot and Hancock county line. The station is also seen in high definition on the second digital subchannel of WVII-TV (WVII is likewise simulcast on WFVX's second digital subchannel).

In addition to Fox programming, WFVX is a secondary affiliate of MyNetworkTV, and airs Jewelry Television overnight. As a low-power station, WFVX's main signal has very little penetration outside the immediate Bangor area. However, it is carried on cable and satellite television as far away as Skowhegan and Bar Harbor; additionally, its carriage on the WVII subchannel gives the station full-market over-the-air coverage.

On cable, WFVX is available on Charter Spectrum channel 4.

WJFB

WJFB, virtual and UHF digital channel 44, is a TCT Network-operated television station serving Nashville, Tennessee, United States that is licensed to Lebanon. Owned by HC2 Holdings, it is sister to low-power stations WCTZ-LD (channel 35) and WKUW-LD (channel 40); Tri-State Christian Television (TCT), which owned WJFB outright until May 2019, continues to operate the station under a local marketing agreement (LMA). WJFB's transmitter is located on Franklin Road, southwest of Lebanon. The station maintained studios on Music Circle in Nashville until TCT ended local operations in June 2018.

WMDO-CD

WMDO-CD, virtual channel 47 (UHF digital channel 44), is a low-powered, Class A UniMás-affiliated television station licensed to the American capital city of Washington, District of Columbia. Owned by Entravision Communications, it is a sister station to Silver Spring, Maryland-licensed SonLife Broadcasting Network affiliate WJAL (channel 68); Entravision also operates Arlington, Virginia-licensed Univision-owned station WFDC-DT (channel 14) under a local marketing agreement (LMA) with the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications. WMDO-CD and WFDC share studios on Constitution Avenue near the Capitol Building, and WMDO shares transmitter facilities with Jewelry Television affiliate WIAV-CD (channel 58) in the Tenleytown section of Washington's northwest quadrant.

WMDO-CD's over-the-air signal is very weak, but the station is carried on many cable systems throughout the market, including Maryland, Virginia and southern Delaware.

WRTN-LP

WRTN-LP is a low-power television station in the Nashville area, based in Lebanon, Tennessee and licensed to Alexandria. The station, which broadcasts on channel 6, is owned by Richard and Lisa Goetz.

WTOK-TV

WTOK-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, is an ABC/MyNetworkTV/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Meridian, Mississippi, United States. The station is owned by Gray Television. WTOK-TV's studios are located on 23rd Avenue in Meridian's Mid-Town section, and its transmitter is located on Crestview Circle (along MS 145/Roebuck Drive) in unincorporated Lauderdale County, south of Meridian. The station can also be seen on Comcast Xfinity channel 6 and in high definition on digital channel 431.

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