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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

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Fox on Fee Negotiations with Affiliates: ‘There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Solution’

The increasingly contentious fee negotiations between the Fox network and its affiliates spilled out into the public this week as private letters between the two parties were leaked to the press.

Fox said that it would “have to pursue different distribution channels” if  a new agreement cannot be reached with affiliates. The affiliate board shot back saying that Fox was trying “to divide and conquer.”

One affiliate source told Broadcasting & Cable that the network “has declared open warfare.”

B&C spoke with Mike Hopkins, Fox’s president of affiliate sales and marketing, and he tried to ease the tension:

I don’t think it’s open warfare. I think we’re having good, productive negotiations with lots of affiliates right now. Some of them may just not have businesses that are doing very well for other reasons other than these costs. And these costs may end up being the thing that tips it over, which is why we have to go case by case there’s no one-size-fits all solution for these guys.