FOX 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.”
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.