Addition of former WB and UPN outlets will add 11.9% U.S. coverage to Fox primetime netlet.
Fox’s new primetime television network My Network TV has signed 17 Sinclair Broadcast Group stations covering 11.9% of the U.S.
The stations are: WTTA Tampa, Fla.; WCWB Pittsburgh; WRDC Raleigh, N.C.; WUXP Nashville; WCGV Milwaukee; WSTR Cincinnati; WBSC Greenville, N.C.; KRRT San Antonio, Texas; WABM Birmingham, Ala.; WTVZ Norfolk, Va.; WNYO Buffalo, N.Y.; WUPN Greensboro, N.C.; KVWB Las Vegas; WFGX Mobile, Ala.; WMMP Charleston, S.C.; WDKA Paducah, Ky.; and WNYS Syracuse, N.Y.
The Sinclair stations join Fox Television Stations’ WWOR New York, KCOP Los Angeles, WPWR Chicago, KDFI Dallas, WDCA Washington, KTXH Houston, WFTC Minneapolis, KUTP Phoenix, WRBW Orlando and WUTB Baltimore.
Sinclair President David Smith said: “We are excited once again to be part of the birth of a new network. Given the great success of Fox over the years and their demonstrated history of thinking outside the box, we believe that over time this new network model will become a standard in the industry. The advantages My Network TV provides to our stations are compelling, with both a creative programming model for our viewers and a favorable inventory split. We are especially excited about the Internet opportunities that will exist at the local level within this new paradigm.”
My Network TV is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and will program 12 hours of original programming from 8 to 10 p.m. (ET) Monday through Saturday.
Sinclair currently has 18 stations affiliated with The WB and six with UPN. With the 17 that are now aligned with My Network TV, that leaves seven markets in which Sinclair could align with The CW.