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Boise’s KTRV Suspends News Operations, Cuts Staff

KTRV, an independent station in Boise,  shut down news operations on Monday and announced plans to shrink production staff this week.

The Block Communications-owned station, formerly a Fox-affiliate, became independent earlier this fall after Fox gave its affiliation to KNIN. As recently as this summer, KTRV planned to add six staffers to its newsgathering operations, as well as expanding morning and evening newscast.

Just six months later, the station is reversing course, releasing a statement today saying the station will function under a new business model that “does not include news.”

“A network affiliate requires a different business model than does an independent station,” said Bill Lamb, vice president of Block Communications. “As a result, a reduction in staff is taking place this week.” Read more

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After Losing Fox Affiliation, Nexstar-owned WFFT Will Go Independent Next Month

After losing its Fox affiliation last month, Nexstar-owned WFFT will become the first independent station in the Fort Wayne market, Nexstar announced today.

Fox and Nexstar have been locked in a long battle over cable and satellite retransmission fees. Throughout the past several months, Fox has been cutting loose Nexstar-owned stations, forcing them to forge new affiliations in their respective markets. WFFT is the second Nexstar-owned station to announce it will become independent after losing its Fox affiliation –  the other one is Evansville’s WTVW.

The independent WFFT will launch August 1. The station will add news coverage across its broadcasts, with the 10 p.m. weekday newscast to be expanded to a full hour this summer and the 10 p.m. weekend newscast to be expanded to a full hour this fall. Nexstar also announced today that as part of the transition, WFFT will debut high definition programming in October. It will be the first station in the market to make the HD switch.

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WTVW Goes Independent After Losing Fox Affiliation

Evansville’s WTVW will become independent when its affiliation with Fox expires next month, station owner Nexstar announced today.

Fox announced in May that it would give its Evansville affiliation to WEVV when the WTVW agreement expires July 1. WTVW will dramatically increase its news coverage in the effort to re-brand itself as Local 7, expanding both weekend and morning newscasts.

“Local 7 will build upon its highly successful news product as we are immediately increasing the amount of local news content and are developing other exclusive, locally originated programming,” station vice president and general manager Michael Smith said in a statement.

KTRV, another Fox affiliate, will also opt for independence when its Fox affiliation expires this fall.

Fox Boise Affiliate KTRV Goes Independent

Fox affiliate KTRV will return to an independent station following a shake-up in the Boise market this fall, B&C reports. Fox announced last month it would give its affiliation to KNIN. The CW then announced a new affiliation with KBOI, a CBS affiliate, leaving KTRV with limited options in market #113.

KTRV launched as an independent station in 1981 and became affiliated with Fox in 1985. Ricky Joseph, who is the station’s president and general manager, called the move “a return to the grass roots at the very beginning, before Fox.”

KTRV executives will be tasked with the challenge of drawing viewers in without Fox’s signtature primetime shows. B&C reports that station managers have been in touch with other independent stations — like Jacksonville’s WJXT and Phoenix’s KTVK — for advice. Read more

KNIN, WEVV Becoming Fox Affiliates

Fox is welcoming two new affiliates: Journal Broadcast Group’s KNIN in Boise and Communications Corporation of America’s WEVV in Evansville, IN.

Currently a CW-affiliate, KNIN will transfer to Fox once its CW agreement expires this summer, replacing KTRV as the market’s Fox-affiliate.

WEVV, which was a Fox-affiliate in the late 80s and 90s, is currently a CBS-affiliate and has been airing MyNetworkTV programming on a digital subchannel. Beginning in July, WEVV’s .2 channel will be a Fox-MyNetworkTV hybrid.

The new affiliation agreements come at a time when the relationship between Fox and its affiliates is especially tense. In an effort to capitalize on the carriage deals that stations have struck with cable and satellite operators, Fox has recently drawn a hard line on what it expects its affiliates to pay per subscriber. Read more