MyNetworkTV Announces 30 New Affiliates

Mar 30, 2006  •  Post A Comment

MyNetworkTV has signed 30 more affiliates, the network announced Thursday. The new deals raise MyNetworkTV’s clearances to 96 stations whose signals reach 63 percent of the TV homes in this country.

Thirteen of the deals were for affiliates on the digital platforms of Gray Television Stations affiliated with other broadcast networks. Deals that involved CBS affiliates include WVLT-TV in Knoxville, Tenn. (the 58th-largest market in the country); WCTV-TV in Tallahassee, Fla. (market No. 109); WRDW-TV in Augusta, Ga. (115); WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wis. (134); WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kan. (136); KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas-Ada, Okla. (161); and WTVY-TV in Dothan, Ala. (172). Deals that involved Gray-owned NBC affiliates include WSAZ-TV in Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (64); WJHG-TV in Panama City, Fla. (157); and WTAP-TV in Parkersburg, W.Va. (190). Deals with Gray-owned ABC affiliates include WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, Va. (181); and WTOK-TV in Meridian, Miss. (184). One deal involved Gray-owned UPN affiliate WSWG-TV in Albany, Ga. (147).

(The Gray stations in Panama City, Dothan and Meridian also are expected to serve as CW 100+ affiliates.)

MyNetworkTV signed two UPN affiliates owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group: WCFN-TV in Champaign-Springfield and Decatur, Ill. (82); and WPNY-TV in Utica, N.Y. (166).

Equity Broadcasting Corp. made affiliation deals for four stations: WB affiliates KWBF-TV in Little Rock, Ark. (57) and KWBM-TV in Springfield, Mo. (77); UPN affiliate KFDF-TV in Fort Smith, Ark. (104); and for secondary affiliate status with Fox-affiliated WMQF-TV in Marquette, Mich. (180).

Three deals involved stations owned by Mission Broadcasting: UPN affiliate KCPN-TV in Amarillo, Texas (131); ABC affiliate WTVO-TV in Rockford, Ill. (133); and UPN affiliate KJBO-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas, and Lawton, Okla. (144).

MyTV also signed three Sainte Partners II stations: UPN affiliate KRVU-TV in Chico-Redding, Calif. (130) and KUVU-TV in Eureka, Calif. (194); and independent KFBI-TV in Medford-Klamath Falls, Ore. (141).

Also included in the deals announced Thursday were Sandra Powley-owned WB affiliate WBLU-TV in Lexington, Ky. (63); WBHQ Columbia-owned WB affiliate WBHQ-TV in Columbia, S.C. (83); Trans-America Broadcasting’s UPN affiliate KAIL-TV in Fresno-Visalia, Calif. (56); Holston Valley Broadcasting’s UPN affiliate WAPK-TV in Tri-Cities, Tenn. (91); and Josie Park Broadcasting-owned UPN affiliate WRJM-TV Montgomery-Selma, Ala. (116).

Fox is scheduled to launch the new network Sept. 5.