TV Station Going Independent After Fox Pulls Affiliation

Jun 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

After Fox said in May it would give its network affiliation to another station in the No. 113 market, the former Fox station says it now plans to become independent, reports B&C.

The station is KTRV-TV in Boise, Idaho, which will be going back to its roots–KTRV began as an independent in 1981, the story notes. The station became a Fox affiliate in 1985.

"It’s a return to the grass roots at the very beginning, before Fox," said Ricky Joseph, president and general manager.

The station plans to add one and a half hours of news each day and add syndicated comedies and dramas in prime time. It also wants to broadcast more local sports.

After getting aggressive in asking affiliates to pay more as part of their station affiliation agreements, Fox has cut ties with some stations, including KTRV-TV, which is owned by Block Communications.

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