FOX Television Stations Group

Fox Television Stations, Inc.
Division of 21st Century Fox
Industry Television
Predecessor(s) Metromedia
New World Communications
BHC Communications/ United Television
Founded April 1986
Headquarters New York City USA
Key people Rupert Murdoch (founder)
Jack Abernethy (CEO)[1]
Owner(s) 21st Century Fox
Website Fox Television Stations

Fox Television Stations, Inc. is a group of television stations located within the United States which are owned-and-operated by the Fox Broadcasting Company, a subsidiary of the Fox Entertainment Group, part of 21st Century Fox. Until it moved to Spike in the 2013-14 season, FTS produced the first 25 seasons of Fox's program COPS (through Fox Television Station Productions [FTSP]), and currently oversees the syndicated programming service MyNetworkTV.

History

Fox Television Stations was formed in April 1986 after the acquisition of the Metromedia-owned independent stations by the 20th Century Fox film studio, at the time jointly owned by Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, and Denver-based billionaire Marvin Davis. These stations would later become the basis of the Fox television network, which launched in October 1986. Not long after the Metromedia deal was made, Murdoch purchased Davis's shares and News Corporation assumed complete control of 20th Century Fox.

Initially FTS was a semi-autonomous unit in which News Corporation owned over 99 percent of the equity but only 24 percent of the voting power; the balance was held personally by Murdoch.[2] Federal Communications Commission regulations of that era prohibited foreign interests or non-American citizens from controlling more than 25 percent of an FCC-licensed broadcast station. Though News Corporation was still based in Australia, Murdoch had become a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1985, and the nominal transfer of a majority voting interest to Murdoch was sufficient to get around this hurdle. The quirk was removed permanently when News Corporation reincorporated in the U.S. in 2004.[3] The Fox network itself and affiliated cable channels were not affected by these regulations.

Starting with the original six stations, Fox Television Stations gained the bulk of its group through two large transactions: the 1997 purchase of New World Communications, succeeding a 1994 business deal between the two companies which led to all of New World's stations switching from other networks to Fox during 1994–95;[4] and the 2001 acquisition of the Chris-Craft/United group, which gave Fox ownership of several stations then affiliated with the UPN network, and also created several duopolies (two stations in the same market owned by the same company).

The Fox-owned UPN affiliates were not included in the UPN/WB merger (The CW), which was announced on January 24, 2006. Soon after, these stations removed references to UPN from their on-air branding and websites. On February 22, 2006, Fox Television Stations announced that all of their non-Fox outlets will be charter affiliates of a new service known as [1], which commenced operations on September 5, 2006.

On December 21, 2007, FTS announced that it would sell nine of its stations to Local TV, LLC, a division of Oak Hill Capital Partners.[5] Six of the stations that were sold are ex-New World stations. The transaction was completed in 2008.

In January 2009, NBC Local Media and Fox TV Stations set up the first Local News Service with their Philadelphia stations after testing since the summer 2008. Fox and NBC then added other markets were they both own stations.[6]

On January 28, 2013, FTS announced it would be acquiring the Charlotte duopoly of CW affiliate WJZY and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYT-TV from Capitol Broadcasting Company.[7] The deal was approved by the FCC on March 11[8] and completed on April 17.[9][10] As part of the deal, WJZY became a Fox owned-and-operated station on July 1. The station community believed that the Charlotte stations purchase by Fox Station is proof that Fox is interested in owning a TV station in NFL markets to up the station groups' "bargaining power in retransmission consent negotiations with cable, satellite and telco operators."[11]

As part of the restructuring that stemmed from the News Corporation/21st Century Fox split, it was announced on July 8, 2013 that 20th Television, which was until that time under Fox Television Stations, will operate under the management of 20th Century Fox Television.[12]

Stations

Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and city of license. Currently (as of 2013) a total of 28 stations, consisting of 18 Fox stations and 10 MyNetworkTV stations.

Notes:
1) ** – Indicates an original Fox-owned station from the network's inception in 1986;
2) ++ – Indicates a station owned by New World Communications prior to its acquisition by News Corporation in 1997;
3) ¤¤ – Indicates a station owned by Chris-Craft Industries/BHC prior to its acquisition by News Corporation in 2001;

City of license/Market Station Channel
TV (DT)
Owned since Primary affiliation
Phoenix KSAZ-TV ++ 10 (10) 1997 Fox
KUTP ¤¤ 45 (26) 2001 MyNetworkTV
Los Angeles KTTV ** 11 (11) 1986 Fox
KCOP ¤¤ 13 (13) 2001 MyNetworkTV
Washington, D.C. WTTG ** 5 (36) 1986 Fox
WDCA 20 (35) 2002 MyNetworkTV
OcalaGainesville, FL WOGX
(semi-satellite of WOFL)
51 (31) 2002 Fox
OrlandoDaytona Beach WOFL 35 (22) 2002 Fox
WRBW ¤¤ 65 (41) 2001 MyNetworkTV
TampaSt. Petersburg WTVT ++ 13 (12) 1997 Fox
Atlanta WAGA-TV ++ 5 (27) 1997 Fox
Chicago WFLD ** 32 (31) 1986 Fox
Gary, IN – Chicago WPWR-TV 50 (51) 2002 MyNetworkTV
Boston WFXT 25 (31) 1995
(previously owned from 1987–91)
Fox
Detroit WJBK ++ 2 (7) 1997 Fox
MinneapolisSt. Paul KMSP-TV ¤¤ 9 (9) 2001 Fox
WFTC 29 (29) 2002 MyNetworkTV
Secaucus, NJ – New York City WWOR-TV ¤¤ 9 (38) 2001 MyNetworkTV
New York City WNYW ** 5 (44) 1986 Fox
Philadelphia WTXF-TV 29 (42) 1995 Fox
BelmontCharlotte WJZY 46 (47) 2013 Fox
Rock Hill, SC – Charlotte WMYT-TV 55 (39) 2013 MyNetworkTV
Memphis WHBQ-TV 13 (13) 1994 Fox
Austin, Texas KTBC ++ 7 (7) 1997 Fox
DallasFort Worth KDFW ++ 4 (35) 1997 Fox
KDFI 27 (36) 1998 MyNetworkTV
Houston KRIV ** 26 (26) 1986 Fox
KTXH 20 (19) 2002 MyNetworkTV

Former

City of license/Market Station Channel
TV (DT)
Years owned Current Status
BirminghamTuscaloosaAnniston WBRC-TV 6 (50) 1995–2008 Fox affiliate owned by Raycom Media
San FranciscoOaklandSan Jose KBHK-TV ¤¤
(now KBCW)
44 (45) 2001–2002 CW affiliate owned by CBS Corporation
Denver KDVR 31 (32) 1995–2008 Fox affiliate owned by Local TV
Fort Collins, Colorado KFCT
(satellite of KDVR)
22 (21) 1995–2008 Fox affiliate owned by Local TV
Atlanta WATL-TV 36 (25) 1993–1995 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Gannett Company
Baltimore WUTB ¤¤ 24 (41) 2001–2013 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Deerfield Media
operated under an LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Boston WCVB-TV **1 5 (20) 1986 ABC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
Kansas City, Missouri WDAF-TV ++ 4 (34) 1997–2008 Fox affiliate owned by Local TV
Saint Louis KTVI ++ 2 (43) 1997–2008 Fox affiliate owned by Local TV
High PointGreensboro -
Winston-Salem
WGHP 8 (35) 1995–2008 Fox affiliate owned by Local TV
ClevelandAkron WJW-TV ++ 8 (8) 1997–2008 Fox affiliate owned by Local TV
Portland, Oregon KPTV ¤¤ 12 (12) 2001–2002 Fox affiliate owned by Meredith Corporation
Dallas – Fort Worth KDAF ** 33 (32) 1986–1995 CW affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting
San Antonio KMOL-TV ¤¤
(now WOAI-TV)
4 (48) 2001 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Salt Lake City KSTU 13 (28) 1990–2008 Fox affiliate owned by Local TV
KTVX ¤¤ 4 (40) 2001 ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Milwaukee WITI-TV ++ 6 (33) 1997–2008 Fox affiliate owned by Local TV

Footnotes:

  • 1 WCVB-TV was included in the original sale of the Metromedia stations to News Corporation, but was spun off in a separate, concurrent deal to the Hearst Corporation as part of a right of first refusal related to that station's 1982 acquisition by Metromedia.

On a side note, in between the events of Fox acquiring its original charter affiliates and the New World affiliation agreement, only WTXF, WFXT, KDVR, WOFL, KSTU and WOGX were already affiliated with Fox when they were acquired much later on.

References

External links

  • Official Website

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