Tegna launched Vault Studios in early 2019 to develop podcasts by leveraging its television stations’ news coverage to create true-crime podcasts. That has played out with the launch of podcasts, like the recently released Selena: A Star Dies In Texas that was produced with help from the company’s television stations in Texas. Now Tegna is relaunching and rebranding its broadcast and digital Justice Network with a lineup of crime and investigative programming that will include podcasts as part of the mix.
It will be known as the True Crime Network, which Tegna says will have a 24/7 digital multicast network that will launch this summer with hundreds of hours of on-demand content from the network’s library. That will include podcast content from Vault Studios.
“True Crime Network capitalizes on the rapid growth of several distinct segments of media and entertainment: over-the-air television viewing, on-demand and binge streaming, podcasting and the true crime genre,” said Brian Weiss, President of Tegna’s entertainment multicast networks. “Our audience has spoken passionately about their desire to binge true crime mystery content. True Crime Network serves our highly-loyal, growing audience of true crime enthusiasts, while our streaming service will offer a free, easily-accessible and exciting experience for all true crime fans,” he said in the announcement.
Vault Studios has so far released eight true crime podcasts.