WUAB To Be Cleveland’s New CW Affiliate
Raycom Media’s WUAB Cleveland (DMA 19) said today that it has signed an affiliation agreement to become the new home of The CW Network in northeast Ohio. The affiliation and programming changes will take effect Monday, July 16. Winston Broadcasting Network’s WBNX is the current CW affiliate.
The CW Network will bring its hit shows to WUAB with original primetime series including Riverdale, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin. Starting this fall, The CW will broadcast a six-night, Sunday through Friday primetime schedule. WUAB will also carry The CW Network’s exclusive television events including the iHEARTRadio Music Festival.
WUAB will continue to air local and syndicated programming including The People’s Court, Mom and Family Feud. Following The CW’s primetime lineup from 8 to 10 p.m., WUAB will extend its 10 o’clock newscast to a full hour.
“The CW has some of the most popular series on television among young adults,” said WUAB VP-GM Erik Schrader. “Now along with our sister CBS affiliate Cleveland 19 [WOIO], we will be able to offer both viewers and advertisers a wide range of entertainment options.”
“We’re so pleased to partner with WUAB to bring Cleveland some of the most talked-about series on television, from Riverdale and Black Lightning, to our upcoming new series Charmed, All American and Legacies,” said Chris Brooks, EVP of network distribution at The CW. “We’ve had a long and successful relationship with Raycom in other markets around the country, and we’re very excited to expand that partnership to include Cleveland. We’re looking forward to working together with WUAB this summer and in the years to come.”