WFXT, WBZ to Share in Boston

Fox and CBS do a deal in #7 DMA

Fox O&O WFXT and CBS O&O WBZ are set to announce a video-sharing agreement in Boston. The stations will share video for general market news, along with a helicopter for traffic reports and breaking news.

The agreement is to kick off June 1."There's been success with this in a few other markets, and I know stations in Boston want to enjoy the same benefits," says WFXT VP/General Manager Gregg Kelley.

Kelley says the other stations in the market are welcome to join the share, though "no formal talks" have taken place at this time. He also said the partnership will not result in layoffs at the Fox station in the near-term, though the longer-term picture is "yet to be determined."

The Fox-owned stations have been sharing with NBC's owned stations in several markets, such as Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas; all markets where both networks own a station will feature a "Local News Service" (LNS) pact in the coming months. NBC does not own the NBC affiliate in Boston; Sunbeam TV does. Hearst-Argyle owns the ABC affiliate, WCVB.

Fox- and CBS-owned stations are already partners in the LNS venture in Chicago, along with NBC and Tribune.

As in other markets, the Boston agreement is designed to free up reporting resources to cover enterprise stories.