Last July, FOX pulled its affiliation from Bahakel owned WCCB in Charlotte, N.C. and launched WJZY an owned station. Recently, FOX announced a swap with Cox media, getting San Francisco Bay Area affiliate KTVU and giving up a station in Memphis and one in Boston.
FOX has the NFC package for the NFL and Charlotte is home to the NFC’s Carolina Panthers. You could say KTVU is in the home of the AFC’s Oakland Raiders, but you don’t need to leave the SF Bay Area DMA to watch the NFC’s San Francisco 49ers play in their new Santa Clara home. The stations FOX gave up are in markets with AFC teams. See a pattern?
Fox is set to yank Tribune Media’s Fox affiliation KCPQ-TV (Fox 13) in Seattle, The Post has learned.
Seattle is the home of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, which translates into big ratings in its hometown market.
Currently, Tribune’s Fox affiliation allows it to capitalize on the big NFL viewership numbers in negotiations with distributors such as cable companies. Tribune then kicks back a portion of those carriage fees to Fox.
Broadcasters, however, have been pressing their affiliates for larger kickbacks or risk having their lucrative network affiliations yanked, so the network can capture all of the revenue.