FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--America One Television, a national U.S. television network reaching an audience of more than 33 million households in more than 125 markets with top international sports and lifestyle content on a no fee/barter basis, today announced a shareholder buyout from America One’s previous owner, USFR Media Group. The ownership team is led by a group of international sports television veterans strategically placed in key markets around the world. The group purchased America One with the intention of capitalizing on the network’s unique programming mix and capabilities to be the network partner of choice in the digital television era, and has hired Wayne Becker, an experienced sports and television executive, as the network’s new CEO.
“With the advent of digital television technology, America One is well-positioned to be the premier network partner for television operators of all kinds,” said America One co-founder and COO Preston Bornman, who is a member of the new ownership team. “Our group sees that potential and is committed to leveraging our unique low-cost, solutions-driven model to achieve this leadership position. Wayne’s experience will be instrumental to the success of this effort.”
Becker has held a variety of high-level positions with global sports television brands, most recently as Head of Programming and International at the Golf Channel. His prior positions include Senior Vice President of Programming and Event Management at ESPN Star Sports in Singapore, Special Advisor to the Managing Director of ESPN International, Vice President of Affiliate Relations for the StarzEncore Group of Liberty Media, and Vice President of Sports Programming and Acquisitions at USA Networks.
“America One has a stellar reputation in sports television, and I am very excited to come on board during the industry’s digital transition,” Becker said. “From broadcast stations in need of shows attractive to new advertisers, to multicast stations seeking complementary programming that doesn’t cannibalize existing business, to IPTV brands that want differentiated content to compete effectively, America One has the programming, expertise and technology to seamlessly deliver the solutions these operators need.”
Over the next few months, America One plans to implement a number of internal and external enhancements to its current programming and branding that will build on the network’s strong market position and solutions. The company expects to make additional announcements about its progress throughout the spring and summer of this year.
America One’s new ownership group includes broadcast, cable and sports entertainment veterans with a combined 150 years of experience with major global television brands including Fox Sports, STAR Sports, ESPN, Abu Dhabi Television and Setanta Sports.
About America One Television Network, Inc.
America One is a national U.S. television network reaching an audience of more than 33 million households in more than 125 markets with a wide range of fresh, high-quality sports and lifestyle content that helps local, network and multi-channel providers maximize existing revenue streams and seize new opportunities from multichannel and IPTV as they emerge. A proven performer owned and operated by a deep team of television industry veterans, America One provides simple, low-cost/low-risk, operating solutions; a flexible advertising platform; and complementary, differentiated content for a diverse consumer audience. For more information, please visit www.AmericaOne.com.