TV Station News and Updates
May 2016 The CW Network and Tribune have announced an extension of their affiliation agreement that will see the network continue to air on all the existing Tribune stations carrying the network with the exception of WGN in Chicago. WGN will be dropping the network and returning to its roots as an Independent station with a heavy mix of sports and news. Meanwhile, the Fox owned and operated station WPWR will be taking over the CW affiliation for the Chicago market. This marks Fox's only CW affiliated television station in the country. Details on what will happen with the My Network TV 2-hour block were not yet announced but likely the block will air after the CW prime-time lineup.
October 2015: The FCC has set the high price mark for Full-Power and Class-A television stations in the upcoming reverse auction. Under the auction, stations bid the price down against other stations to determine how much they will receive if they decide to turn their station in or move to a lower VHF channel. WCBS top the list at $900 million. You can find the list here. It is nearly certain the final payout will be lower than the numbers in their list because the stations will be bidding against each other and as a result lowering the price the FCC will pay for the station.
July 2015: Fox has decided to end their investment in the Spanish language over the air broadcast network MundoFox. As part of their exit, Fox has sold their ownership stake in the network to the partner of the venture RCN. With 100% of the ownership, RCN cancelled the national newscasts and announce a re-branding of the channel to MundoMax.
May 2015: Gannett announced that they will rename they broadcast and related digital broadcast division under the TEGNA. The new company will be separated from Gannett and will be publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TGNA. On June 29th the change took place and Tegna began operating as a separate company from Gannett.
July 2014: E. W. Scripps and Journal Communications announced plans to combine the two companies broadcasting assets while spinning off the newspaper assets to a new company. E. W. Scripps will be the surviving company of the TV and radio stations while Journal will be the owner of all the newspaper assets. According information provided by E. W. Scripps, the new broadcast company will be the 5th largest owner of TV stations in the United States.
March 2014: Media General and LIN Media agreed to merge together which will result in a combined 74 television stations in 46 markets. Together the group will reach viewers in 23% of the United States.
June 2013: Mako Communications, operator of LPTV and Class-A television stations in large markets across the United States has filed an application with the FCC to sell 50 of their stations to Landover 5, LLC. The price for those stations was $46.5 million.
April 2013: Another network digital subchannel network is planning to be launched by Sony Pictures. The network, GetTV, will showcase the content from the Sony Pictures library. On board already is Univision's owned and opperated channels.
April 2013: Sinclair Broadcasting has announced plans to acquire Fisher Communications. The deals includes stations in the Pacific Northwest including in KOMO and KUNS Seattle, Washington and KATU and KUNP in Portland, Oregon. This deal comes just after Sinclair's acquisition of Barrington Broadcasting Group and several stations from Cox Media Group.
January 2013: Univision has announced that Telefutura will be renamed UniMas which translate to "Univision More." As a result, they will also be adding new programming to the network to further compete against all the other Spanish language networks.
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