New owner of Hawaii TV station restores Filipino, Japanese programming
HONOLULU – Filipino and Japanese programming have been restored at KIKU-TV by the station’s new owner, Byron Allen, who also owns KITV4 and Allen Media Broadcasting.
Allen Media Broadcasting is subsidiary of Los Angeles–based Entertainment Studios. It is part of a duopoly with ABC affiliate KITV.
Filipino and Japanese programming ended in July 2021 when KIKU-TV’s former owner changed the station to a 24/7 shopping channel.
Allen closed on the purchase of the station on Monday, according to a KITV4 news release.
“Our plan is to relaunch popular Japanese and Filipino programs, as well as launch additional KITV4 News on KIKU in the coming months,” said Jason Hagiwara, president and general manager of KITV4 and KIKU, in a statement.