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KSFX Rebranded as KOZL After Losing Fox Affiliation

Nexstar-owned KSFX, which is losing its Fox affiliation in the Springfield, MO market this fall, will debut expanded newscasts and new station call letters when it becomes independent on September 1.

The station will become KOZL, “Ozarks Local.” As part of the re-branding effort, the station will add an additional hour of news to their morning show, expanding it from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and an additional half-hour newscast on Sundays at 6 p.m. No anchors have been announced for the additional programs yet.

“Launching ‘Ozarks Local’ reflects our deep commitment to the community and focus on addressing the interests of our audiences in the Ozarks area,” vice president and general manager Mark Gordon said in a statement. “We will be more than doubling our locally-produced programming by this fall.”

Other changes to the station’s lineup include the introduction of a weekly business show Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and an hour-long afternoon lifestyle program that will air weekdays at 4 p.m. The show also plans to add a half-hour long sports show on weekends at 10:30 p.m.

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Fox Continues to Cut Nexstar Affiliations

A little over a month after losing the Fox affiliation of its station in Evansville, Nexstar is cutting ties with Fox at KSFX in Springfield, MO and WFFT in Fort Wayne, IN.

This week Fox announced new affiliation agreements with stations in Springfield and Fort Wayne, signing deals with Koplar Communications’ KRBK and Granite Broadcasting’s WISE. The new deals mean that Nexstar will have to forge new identities for its stations after decades with Fox.

“We’ve been negotiating with Nexstar for over a year and weren’t able to come to terms on a contract renewal,” said Scott Grogin, a spokesperson for Fox Broadcasting. “It was not a bidding situation.”

Fox has been pushing its affiliates to give up a significant portion of the retrans fees received from cable and satellite providers, which has drawn the ire of Nexstar. Read more