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MyNetworkTV Inks Affiliation Pact With Tribune

May 15, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s MyNetworkTV and Tribune Broadcasting announced Monday that they have inked an affiliation agreement for three Tribune stations to become MyTV affiliates, bringing the network’s clearance to 129 markets representing 79 percent of the TV homes in the country.

The stations are WPHL-TV in Philadelphia (the fourth-largest market in the country), WATL-TV in Atlanta (9) and WTWB-TV in Seattle (13). Adding these stations brings MyTV’s presence to 26 of the top 30 markets, the network said.

The pact with Tribune is the latest in a string of affiliation pacts that move the new network closer to reaching its goal of being available in more than 90 percent of the TV homes in the country by the time it launches Sept. 5.

The deal also lays to rest questions about Tribune’s next move for the stations, all of which are WB affiliates that will lose their network affiliation this summer when The WB shuts down to make way for the launch of The CW Network.

Tribune, which owns 26 TV stations, reached an agreement in January to have The CW carried on 16 of its 19 WB-affiliated stations.