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FOX Buying Station in Seattle Market

Fox-2FOX Television Stations is buying KBCB in Bellingham, Wash. from World Television and Venture Technologies Group for $10 million.

Tribune, which owns Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ, recently issued a statement saying FOX told the station group it was going to pull the affiliation by January 17, 2015. No word has come from FOX about why it bought KBCB, though it does give it some strategic options.

In its statement, Tribune said, “we are continuing to engage in discussions with Fox and moreover have prepared for all operational and economic possibilities for our Seattle Fox station.”

In June, FOX got San Francisco Bay Area’s KTVU from Cox Media in a trade for WFXT in Boston and WHBQ in Memphis.

In 2013, FOX bought Charlotte CW and MyNetworkTV affiliate WJZY-WMYT making WJZY the FOX station in the market, after pulling the affiliation from WCCB.

Charlotte, the SF Bay Area and Seattle have NFL teams in the National Football Conference which FOX has a contract to air. Removing the middle man, in this case Tribune, can increase the amount of ad dollars FOX can earn by airing the games.

The only markets with NFC teams without a FOX owned station are Green Bay, New Orleans, St. Louis and Seattle.

[TVNewsCheck]

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Fox Television Stations Close Deal with Google and Vindico

Fox-2Fox Television Stations have closed a deal with Google’s DoubleClick Ad Exchange and Vindico to monetize web videos across their O&O group. The Fox Television Stations say they will now have the power to target their ads to specific segments of their online audience.

“Our partnership with Google and Vindico will bring impactful, brand-safe local impressions to a broader marketplace, ”Joe Oulvey, executive vice president of Fox stations sales, said in a statement.

“We’re excited about the promise of programmatic technology to dramatically grow the marketplace for premium video, display and mobile,” added Laurent Cordier, managing director of partner business solutions at Google. “Having top-tier players like Fox TV embrace this model is great for the entire ecosystem, and we’re happy to partner with them as they make this shift.”

Nielsen Responds to FOX’s Agreement with Rentrak

nielsen_304Yesterday we reported FOX Television Stations had signed an agreement with Rentrak to provide local news ratings for all of its owned stations.

Today Nielsen sent TVSpy a statement promising new products and in effect saying it’s going to keep on keeping on despite FOX’s deal with Rentrak.

Saying they had a “rich history” working with FOX on traditional, digital and qualitative media measurement, Nielsen said, “We continue to offer metrics, developed with world-class measurement science, upon which the media and advertising industries transact with confidence.”

Nielsen added it will unveil a new product in the fall, “which will roll mobile TV measurement into the television ratings, we will continue to adopt new measurement technologies and data sets as they improve to the point where they meet our high standards.”

FOX Owned Stations to Go With Rentrak

fox logo_304x200FOX Television Stations and FOX Stations Sales has signed a long-term agreement with Rentrak for local market ratings services for all of its 28 owned stations in 18 markets.

“We are happy to have immediate access to Rentrak’s Advanced Demographics data,” Jack Abernethy, CEO of FOX Television Stations, said in a statement. “More importantly, we expect this will accelerate the long overdue progress toward an accurate digital measuring system in local TV, one based on a census, not estimates, and one that measures all screens.”

“We are excited to welcome FOX as the first owned and operated Network TV group to go ‘all-in’ with Rentrak,” said vice chairman and CEO of Rentrak, Bill Livek. “We look forward to helping FOX grow their business using the power of Rentrak’s census-like measurements and our Advanced Demographics.”

Charlie LeDuff Named National News Correspondent for FOX TV Stations

LeDuff FlagWJBK investigative reporter Charlie LeDuff has been named national news correspondent for FOX Television Stations.

In addition to reporting for the Detroit FOX owned station, LeDuff will lead a series of national news reports on all FOX owned stations called “The Americans with Charlie LeDuff.”

“Charlie’s unorthodox storytelling, no holds barred attitude and exceptional wit combine to produce a news product that is unlike any other reporting out there,” Sharri Berg, SVP of news operations for FOX TV stations said in a statement. Read more

FOX Adds ‘TMZ Live’ To All Its Owned Stations

FOX Television Stations CEO, Jack Abernethy told Broadcasting & Cable, all 18 FOX owned stations will soon begin airing Harvey Levin’s celebrity gossip show ‘TMZ Live.”

“We were always interested in the show,” Abernethy told Broadcasting & Cable about launching the show in 2007. “We knew Harvey knew television, and it was the kind of thing we needed. It was intentionally structured to work for a Fox station— it was young and hip-looking.”

WWOR, FOX’s owned MyNewtorkTV affiliate in New Jersey, has begun airing a show called “Chasing New Jersey” that emulates the tone and pace of TMZ in place of its newscast.

“TMZ is incredibly efficient,” said Abernethy. “We are trying to steal pieces of this model. If you look at TMZ, you see how many people are actually researching stories, covering stories, touching stories—it’s virtually everybody. The more people you have covering stories and bringing stuff in, the better product you are going to have.” Read more

New Jersey Senate Hopeful Wants FCC to Revoke WWOR’s License

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, a Democratic New Jersey congressman running for Senate, is asking the FCC to revoke the license of WWOR, the state’s only high-powered commercial TV station.

FOX, which owns WWOR, announced last week it was pulling the station’s only newscast and replacing it with “Chasing New Jersey” a 30-minute show focused on “issues driving conversations” in the state.

Pallone voiced his thoughts on twitter by saying, “WWOR’s cancellation of nightly news fails New Jerseyans who want & deserve local news coverage. FCC must take action.”

>UPDATE: WWOR vice president and station manager, Dianne Doctor said in a statement sent to TVSpy, “Based in Trenton, ‘Chasing NJ’ is a news program immersed in all aspects of the state. Politics. People. Issues. It’s enterprise journalism that no one else is doing.”

In a letter to acting FCC chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, Pallone wrote, “WWOR has failed for over a decade to live up to its broadcasting obligations to New Jersey. In addition, since purchasing WWOR in 2001, News Corporation, now 21st Century Fox, has done everything they can to avoid any commitment to serve as a truly New Jersey station.” Read more

FOX Tops in Ad Revenue Among Station Groups

TVNewsCheck and BIA/Kelsey have put out a list of the top 30 station groups ranked by the ad revenue taken in during 2012.

While FOX Television Stations ranks number one with a 2012 revenue of $1.8 Billion according to the survey, the big surprise was Sinclair Broadcast Group which landed in the third spot. CBS Television Stations was sandwiched between the two in second with $1.6 Billion in revenue.

Mark Fratrik, BIA/Kelsey VP and chief economist said in the article, “Sinclair has recently acquired many stations, and those acquisitions are reflected in the totals,”

You can see the list of the top ten station groups after the jump or check out the entire list by clicking here. Read more

Weigel Broadcasting Names Three Executives to Movies! Network

Weigel Broadcasting has named three network managers for its Movies! Network, a joint project with Fox Television Stations.

Garth Franklin has been named network creative leader for the Me-TV Network and Movies!. Franklin comes from Mark Cuban‘s companies, where he has been creative director for AXS TV, Magnolia Pictures and HDNet Movies for six years.

William M. Craig, who was most recently the senior promo producer at WMAQ in Chicago, has been named brand director for Movies! Network.

Weigel has also hired Ed Johnson as head of content and scheduling for Movies!. He has worked as programming at TV One, Ovation, SOAPnet, CBS Television Distribution, The WB, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Blair Television. Read more

FOX To Debut All Movie Network for Local TV Digital Subchannels

FOX Television Stations, along with Weigel Broadcasting, has announced it will premiere a 24-Hour all movie network called “MOVIES!” to run on 17 of its local owned stations this Spring.

“We’re doing MOVIES! because this content works in the D2 space,” said Frank Cicha senior vice president of programming for FOX television stations. “Weigel has proven that in their other ventures, which is why we’ve chosen to work with them.  While we’ve successfully used our D2 spectrum to some degree, this is the first time we’re going in with all stations on board, which is exciting.”

The channel will show a variety of movies in what the network said will be a “new, viewer and advertiser friendly format, not seen on broadcast television to date.” The goal, according to FOX, is to create a destination where movie fans can watch fan friendly and free content over the air and on cable. Read more

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