Fox Affiliate Switch in Works for Charlotte
"Disappointed" Bahakel the odd man out in Fox acquisition of Capitol duo
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/29/2013 9:55:36 AM
That means WCCB, part of Bahakel Communications, will split from the Fox affiliates family as of July 1. WCCB had been a Fox affiliate since the network launched in 1986, said Jim Babb, executive VP and COO at Bahakel. He added that Fox often held up WCCB as a "poster child" for good affiliate relations, and said he was disappointed to get the news from Fox Jan. 28. "We are actively engaged in looking for viable alternatives," he says.
Capitol Broadcasting agreed to sell WJZY-WYMT, a CW-MyNetworkTV duo, to Fox. The deal awaits regulatory approval. Fox parent News Corp. declined comment on its plans for Charlotte.
One option for WCCB is to pick up the affiliation vacated when Fox reassigns its affiliation to one of its new acquisitions in Charlotte.
Shawn Harris, general manager at WJZY-WYMT, said nothing was confirmed from Fox, yet, about an affiliation switch. "When you put two and two together, you have to believe that at some point, one of the stations will become a Fox affiliate," he said.
WCCB was an ABC network affiliate from its sign-on in 1964 until 1978... WSOC dropped NBC, and hitched up with ABC, resulting in WRET (now WCNC) getting NBC. WCCB was an Independant station from 1978 until 1986, and Fox since 1986.
I'm thinking that WCCB could go the Independant route yet again, or pick up CW affiliation. WCCB news department is a different story. Another idea, which I'm sure would most likely be far-fetched... WCCB hitching up with NBC, which would result in WCNC going the Independant or CW route. And don't know if Bahakel could be exploring a possible sale of their TV station group either.
Eric - 1/29/2013 6:03:53 PM EST
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