Fox to Acquire WJZY-WMYT Charlotte From Capitol
Grabs CW and MyNet in DMA No. 25 to return to N.C.
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/28/2013 12:10:33 PM
The $18 million deal is subject to FCC approval.
"We have enjoyed being a part of the dynamic Charlotte market for 25 years," said James F. Goodmon, president and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company. "We are sorry to leave but excited about the future of the stations under the ownership of Fox Television Stations."
WJZY was acquired by Capitol in 1987. WMYT was acquired in 2000.
"We are delighted to expand our portfolio of stations and return to North Carolina," said Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations. "WJZY and WMYT are both well run stations that provide us with a unique opportunity in a growing top-25 market."
Capitol's remaining holdings include WRAL-WRAZ Raleigh, a CBS-Fox pair in DMA No. 24.
Or if WJZY doesn't get an in-house news operation right away... I assume that WBTV could continue producing 10PM news for several more months, with the "FOX 46 News at 10" branding... "Powered by WBTV 3" slogan.
Eric - 2/3/2013 9:11:25 PM EST
I assume WCCB will likely get CW affiliation, unless Bahakel's WCCB goes the independant route (similar to Belo's KTVK Phoenix and Post-Newsweek's WJXT Jacksonville).
With Fox acquiring WJZY and WMYT... I'm assuming WJZY will most likely get an in-house produced local news broadcast, upon affiliating with Fox. I could picture "FOX 46" or "FOX Charlotte" branding, "MyFOX Charlotte" web-site name... and could picture 4:30-9AM weekday morning newscast (branded as "Good Day Charlotte"), 5-7PM evening news on weekdays, and 6:30-7PM evening news on weekends, 10-11:30PM late news 7 nights a week (11PM news getting the "News Edge" branding).
Eric - 1/29/2013 12:06:27 AM EST
They are losing their Fox affiliation once the sale is completed.
Phillip - 1/28/2013 10:33:54 PM EST
Don't know if this news could have Bahakel Communications owned WCCB worrying about losing its Fox affiliation... and don't know if WBTV produced 10PM newscast will be axed from WJZY. We're still waiting to find out the fate of Sinclair owned stations in Raleigh-Durham, Norfolk, Cincinnati, and Las Vegas.
As far as Raleigh-Durham is concerned. I could see Fox going back to WLFL, and a newly relaunched in-house local news broadcast... WRAZ getting CW affiliation.
Eric - 1/28/2013 5:28:32 PM EST
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