Thirteen New Affiliation Pacts Announced for Fox’s MyNetworkTV

Mar 15, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s MyNetworkTV on Wednesday announced 13 new affiliation agreements, including one with Weigel Broadcasting-owned WCWW-TV in South Bend-Elkhart, Ind., the 87th-largest TV market in the country. Currently affiliated with UPN, the station is changing its call letters to WMYT-TV.

The new affiliation agreements raise MyNetworkTV’s affiliate count to 51 stations reaching 49 percent of the TV homes in the country.

MyNetworkTV signed Acme Communications-owned UPN affiliate KASY-TV in Albuquerque-Santa Fe, N.M. (market No. 46); and three stations owned by Communications Corp. of America: KWKT-TV in Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas (94), WTSN-TV, Evansville, Ill. (100), and KLAF-TV in Lafayette, La. (124).

The other newly signed affiliates include: Independence Television-owned WFTE-TV in Louisville, Ky. (50); White Knight Broadcasting’s KSHV-TV in Shreveport, La. (market No. 81); and WNTZ-TV in Alexandria, La. (176); and Mississippi Television-owned WUFX-TV in Jackson, Miss. (89); Four Seasons Broadcasting-owned WBQD-TV in Davenport, Ohio (95), and WAOE-TV in Peoria, Ill. (117); Spartan TV-owned WHTV-TV in Lansing, Mich. (110); and Warwick Communications-owned KLPN-TV, Tyler-Longview, Texas (111).

In the announcement, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy, said, “With its top-notch management, Acme’s KASY is a key station in Albuquerque and one that best embraces our network’s forward-thinking business model. All 13 of these great stations understand our goal of scheduling quality prime-time network programming for, and upholding one-to-one relationships with, viewers on the local level.”

Acme President and Chief Operating Officer Doug Gealy, said in the announcement, “Today’s agreement with MyNetworkTV is a win-win for both our audience and our shareholders. MyNetworkTV will bring exciting new content to the Albuquerque market while also immediately increasing the value of KASY through a favorable economic affiliation model and increased local inventory.”

Wegel Broadcasting Executive VP Neal Sabin said in the announcement, “We are excited about the potential MyNetworkTV has presented in recreating the traditional network model from both a business and programming perspective.”