Despite Fox’s plans to buy WSFL Miami from Sinclair and speculation that the market’s Fox affiliation will move there from WSVN, Ed Ansin says his station “will continue to be the news leader in South Florida, functioning as a news intensive independent similar to WHDH, its highly successful sister station in Boston.”
Ed Ansin, owner and president of Sunbeam Television, which owns Fox affiliate WSVN Miami (DMA 15), commented Friday on the news that 21st Century Fox is planning to purchase WSFL, a CW affiliate in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and subsequent speculation that it would take over WSVN’s Fox affiliation.
According to a release from Fox: “The station transfer from Sinclair to Fox is expected to close in the second half of 2018 and will be reviewed by regulators scrutinizing the $4.6 billion Sinclair-Tribune deal.”
Ansin said: “The transfer from Tribune to Sinclair must occur prior to the resale of WSFL to Fox. Fox has not announced its plan for WSFL, but it has assured us it will in no event terminate its contract with WSVN prior to June 30, 2019.
“If WSVN ceases in 2019 or later to be a Fox affiliate, it will continue to be the news leader in South Florida, functioning as a news intensive independent similar to WHDH, its highly successful sister station in Boston.”
In addition to WSVN, Sunbeam owns and operates WHDH and WLVI, both in Boston.