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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

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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

Fox to Acquire WJZY-WMYT From Capitol Broadcasting

Fox Television Stations is acquiring two Charlotte stations — CW affiliate WJZY and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYT — from Capitol Broadcasting Company.

“We are delighted to expand our portfolio of stations and return to North Carolina,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “WJZY and WMYT are both well run stations that provide us with a unique opportunity in a growing top-25 market.”

Broadcasting & Cable reports that no terms of the sale, which is pending FCC approval, were divulged. But an affiliation switch is likely now that Fox will own two stations in the market. Current Fox affiliate WCCB is owned by Bahakel communications.

>Update: TVNewsCheck reports WCCB will lose its Fox affiliation. “Obviously we’re disappointed with the news,” Bahakel EVP Jim Babb said. “But we’re determined to find a way to be successful going forward, and we’re already exploring various options.”