Nexstar's WFFT Fort Wayne Back in Fox Fold
Exiled 18 months ago after retrans rift, station re-debuts as Fox affiliate March 1
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/6/2013 4:34:39 PM
"We are looking forward to the return of Fox's programming to WFFT Local where we are committed to providing the most relevant, compelling and informative content and community-focused programming to our viewers," said Bill Ritchhart, vice president and general manager of WFFT. "Eighteen months ago we expanded that commitment to our viewers through increased news content, locally-produced programming and significant technical investments upgrading our broadcasts to transform WFFT Local into Fort Wayne's first fully functional HD platform. We are now proud to expand our commitment once again by bringing back Fox's exceptional array of primetime, sports and event programming exclusively on WFFT Local."
WFFT was a casualty of a retransmission rift between Nexstar and Fox, one of multiple Nexstar stations to part ways with Fox. It assumed the "Local" branding when it switched to an independent.
On the same day Nexstar announced WFFT was back in the Fox fold, assuming the affiliation from the subchannel of Granite's WISE, Nexstar and Granite agreed to a deal that sends KSEE Fresno to Nexstar for $26.5 million.
"We are delighted to bring back Fox Broadcasting's primetime entertainment and sports programming to WFFT Local and the Fort Wayne community," said Jon Hookstratten, executive VP, broadcast distribution at Fox. "Fox and Nexstar are dedicated to supporting the needs and interests of the greater Fort Wayne viewing community, and we look forward to our partnership in providing highly-rated content to viewers across the station's reach in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan."
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