Fox Television Stations will become a power in the San Francisco Bay area as a result of this deal. It will pick up its SF area affiliate KTVU and independent KICU and give Cox Media Group WHBQ in Memphis and WFXT in Boston — which will remain Fox affiliates — the companies say. Regulators will have to approve the deal. But assuming they do, then Fox “will benefit from both the strong demographics of the Bay area market as well as the alignment with our package of sports rights,” FTS chief Jack Abernethy says. KTVU carries Fox’ broadcasts of NFL games and shares a studio with KICU. SF is the largest market where Fox didn’t own a station. Cox’s Bill Hoffman says that the Memphis and Boston stations “fit nicely into CMG’s broadcast portfolio” and offer an opportunity to have “a great news presence in these two markets.”
The Obama administration has dropped efforts to collect a $28,000 fine from Fox Television Stations for a 2003 reality TV episode that featured pixilated images of strippers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The action was in response to a Supreme Court ruling in June that tossed out some FCC indecency sanctions. Fox balked at fines imposed against 4 network-owned stations for the segment of Married By America that showed blurred images from bachelor and bachelorette parties. Several Fox affiliates did pay the fines. The FCC’s original fine was for a total of $1.2 million from 169 Fox stations. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski pointed to the Supreme Court’s decision and said the agency is focusing on the “strongest cases that involve egregious indecency violations”.
Because of the phone-hacking and bribery scandal plaguing News Corp’s British newspaper publishing subsidiary, a public interest group has filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to deny broadcast license renewal to three Fox TV stations. Licenses of the three Fox Broadcasting Co. owned-and-operated stations are scheduled to expire in October. The stations are WTTG and WDCA in Washington, D.C., and WUTB in Baltimore. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed its petition today, and you can read it here. The group calls for a public hearing to determine whether Fox, a U.S. subsidiary of News Corp, should remain a licensee. The interest group in May petitioned the FCC to revoke all 27 of Fox’s broadcast licenses, but the FCC has not responded. The agency has given no indications that it has any intention of looking into whether News Corp.’s problems in Great Britain are relevant to its U.S. TV businesses. CREW’s argument is based partly on a clause in the Communications Act that licenses can be technically revoked over character issues involving station ownership. Most communications attorneys believe it’s extremely unlikely the FCC will revoke Fox’s U.S. licenses. It is extremely rare for a TV station to have its licence revoked.
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BALTIMORE, May 15, 2012 — Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI), announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) for the renewal of the affiliation agreements for 19 television stations Sinclair owns and/or programs. The new agreements go into effect January 1, 2013 upon the expiration of the existing affiliation agreements and expire December 31, 2017. KFXA-TV, the FOX affiliate in Cedar Rapids, to which Sinclair provides certain non-programming related services, is also renewing its affiliation agreement for the same term.
After it didn’t make the cut for a traditional fall 2012 launch, Warner Bros.’ Bethenny Frankel talk show is going for a non-traditional rollout. Fox TV Stations have picked up the show, Bethenny, for a six-week trial run in the summer on some Fox owned-and-operated stations including flagships WYNY New York and KTTV Los Angeles. It will likely follow the third season of Frankel’s Bravo reality series, which premieres in February. “Bethenny is a lightning rod, and from a marketing standpoint, we love the idea of her hit reality series dovetailing into this test,” said Fox TV Stations SVP Programming Frank Cicha. It’s been a very crowded marketplace for new syndicated talk shows, with a whopping 4 newbies — Twentieth’s The Ricki Lake Show, CBS’ Jeff Probst, ABC’s Katie and NBCU’s Steve Harvey – cleared for a September launch. The competition for station slots, made more fierce by the renewal of Warner Bros’ rookie Anderson, squeezed Bethenny out of contention for next fall, though Warner Bros and Fox continued discussions about an alternative way to get the show on the air.
NEW YORK – FOX Television Stations, in partnership with Bounce TV, to premiere FTS’ first digital over the air network on FOX-owned MyNetworkTV sub channels, including stations in New York and Los Angeles, announced Jack Abernethy, CEO, FOX Television Stations.
In making the announcement, Abernethy stated, “We are pleased to allocate our airwaves to provide focused and unique content with an accomplished partner that has a solid business model.”
Debmar-Mercury and the Fox TV Stations are setting up another gradual rollout of a daily syndicated talk show, Father Albert. This summer, the daily one-hour talk show featuring advice from radio-television talk show host, author and priest Father Alberto Cutié, known as “Father Oprah” will get a preview on the Fox stations that is also available to other stations. Father Albert, marks Father Alberto Cutié’s English-language TV debut.
Fox TV Stations have inked a deal with corporate sibling Twentieth Television for the broadcast syndication rights to the Emmy-Award winning comedy Modern Family. The ABC comedy, produced by 20th TV, has been sold to the Fox TV stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Baltimore for a fall 2013 premiere. The deal comes on the heels of Fox TV stations shelling $500,000+ per-episode for The Big Bang Theory in May and renewing syndicated strip Dr. Oz in New York and Chicago, while losing it to KABC-TV in Los Angeles. It also follows the cable syndication sale of Modern Family this summer to USA for $1.4 per episode.