Reelz channel picks up 2015 Miss USA pageant

Miss USA Pageant festivities officially kicks off

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Miss USA pageant has found a new network to air the program after being dropped by two networks. The Reelz channel has agreed to broadcast the pageant on Sunday.

Reelz is an entertainment channel that is viewed in nearly 70 million households nationwide. With the search for a national network now over, William Daniel, said Baton Rouge has paid the Miss Universe Organization its final payment of $100,000.

"We think that we are going to look very good nationally, entertaining these young ladies and their families," said Daniel, Chief Administrative Officer to Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.

The pageant was forced to find a new network after NBC and Univision dropped it following comments made by Donald Trump. The networks wanted to separate themselves from Trump, a Republican presidential candidate and part owner of the Miss Universe Organization, after making controversial comments on Mexican immigrants.

Trump has accused NBC and Univision of "abandoning" the Miss USA contestants.

Both hosts of the pageant and several judges and acts have also pulled out of the show.

The pageant will air Sunday, July 12 at 7 p.m. on the following networks:

  • DISH Network, Channel 299
  • AT&T U-Verse: Channel 799, Channel 1799 (for HD)
  • DIRECTV: Channel 238
  • Comcast: Channel 150.

Cox Communication does not carry the channel.

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