KSCI-TV LA18 Launches DIYA TV on Digital Channel 18.12 – Diya TV, America's First South Asian Broadcast Television Network, Now Available Over-The-Air in Los Angeles

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KSCI-TV LA18 (LA18), Los Angeles’ #1 Asian TV station, adds the excellent South Asian programming of Diya TV to its digital channel line-up. Diya TV will be available over-the-air to Los Angeles residents on digital channel 18.12 and 20.3, featuring local news, talk, public affairs, live sports, Bollywood films and more.

KSCI-TV LA18 (LA18), Los Angeles’ #1 Asian TV station, adds the excellent South Asian programming of Diya TV to its digital channel line-up. Diya TV will be available free over-the-air to Los Angeles residents on digital channel 18.12 and 20.3, featuring local news, talk, public affairs, live sports, Bollywood films and more.

Founded in 2009, Diya TV is America’s first 24/7 free digital over-the-air South Asian television network. Diya TV is breaking new ground in South Asian programming, rooted in news and investigative journalism, featuring programming in Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu. Diya TV is also available in San Francisco, Dallas and Chicago. Their aim is to partner with community leaders and content providers to finally showcase the underserved South Asian community.

Los Angeles is home to over 212,000 South Asians, the fastest growing ethnic group in the Los Angeles DMA. Asian Indians in particular are 70% foreign born; a young and affluent demographic with 78% speaking their native language at home.

Dennis J. Davis, General Manager of LA18, states that, “we are proud to add Diya TV to our outstanding digital channel line-up and to provide free over-the-air programming for the South Asian community here in Los Angeles.”

Ravi Kapur, President of Diya TV, adds, “this partnership with LA18 will not only further expose Bollywood to Hollywood, but provide the news, information and entertainment the South Asian community has lacked in Southern California. We’re elated to join forces with one of America’s leading broadcasters.”

LA18 also airs nine other 24/7 digital sub-channels in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Armenian. For more information on how to watch digital channels, visit http://www.LA18.tv.

About KSCI-TV (LA 18)
Founded in 1976, KSCI-TV is Los Angeles' #1 Asian-language TV station bringing news and entertainment, in multiple languages, to the largest U.S. Asian market – composed of nearly 2.5 million Asian consumers. KSCI-TV produces and airs 9 local shows: daily local news and variety shows in Chinese, Korean, and Tagalog. KSCI-TV's over-the-air signal covers 5.6 million TV households in the Los Angeles DMA. KSCI-TV is also a must-carry local station on cable and satellite systems in the L.A. DMA. In 2008, KSCI-TV became the first U.S. station to multicast in various Asian languages on digital sub-channels. One of its premier digital channels includes the 24/7 Chinese-language channel, LA 18.8 DT, that is carried on cable (Charter, Cox, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS) as well as free over-the-air.

About Diya TV
Launched in 2009 as one of the first ‘diginets’ in the U.S., Diya TV now reaches more than 40 million Americans on affiliate television stations KSCI Channel 18.12 and 20.3 in Los Angeles, KTSF Channel 26.2 in San Francisco, WRJK Channel 22.3 in Chicago and KLEG Channel 44.3 in Dallas. With a majority of its programming in English, Diya TV is the nation’s only broadcast television network serving the South Asian community and has the broadest reach of any South Asian media entity in the United States.

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