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W23BZ
W23BZ logo
Columbus, Ohio
Branding GTN
Slogan Refreshing TV for Central Ohio
Channels Analog: 23 (UHF)
Affiliations independent
Owner Guardian Enterprise Group
(Guardian Enterprise Group, Inc.)
Founded January 4, 1989
Former callsigns W24BK (1995-2001)
W20AM (1989-1995)
Former affiliations TBN (1989-2008)
Transmitter Power 17 kW
Class Translator station
Facility ID 47695
Transmitter Coordinates 39°53′31.0″N 83°2′44.0″W / 39.89194°N 83.04556°W / 39.89194; -83.04556
Website www.gtn23.com

W23BZ ("GTN") is a low-power Christian-themed independent commercial television station in Columbus, Ohio. It broadcasts locally on channel 23, as well as nationally via Sky Angel. The station presents a variety of Christian programming during the mornings, off network reruns of family type shows (like Quincy, M.E., The Brady Bunch and Family Ties) in the afternoons and prime-time, plus infomercials and shopping on overnights.

From 1989 to 2008, W23BZ was owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and served as a satellite repeater for the network.

On March 30, 2006, the station was granted a construction permit to begin converting operations to digital television.

In July 2008, it was announced that the Guardian Enterprise Group would sell its original, full-powered station, WSFJ-TV, to TBN for $16 million. [1] In exchange, Guardian acquired W23BZ from TBN in an affiliation swap of their respective channels, and transferred WSFJ's programming to that channel on October 1, 2008. However, Guardian found themselves at a disadvantage, as, having moved to a low-power signal, they lost their must-carry status; as a result, Guardian is urging viewers to contact their cable systems to pick up GTN after the move to channel 23. [2] As of December 2009, Guardian reached an agreement for W23BZ carried on Insight Communications channel 283, and WOW channel 192, leaving Time Warner Cable as the sole cable system to yet carry W23BZ on either analog or digital services.

See also

  • .2 Network -- future general entertainment network owned by the Guardian Enterprise Group

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