The latest batch includes four Pappas outlets and brings its clearance numbers to 105 markets and 65%.
Nine stations, including four Pappas Telecasting-owned outlets, are the latest My Network TV affiliates, increasing the primetime general entertainment broadcast television network’s clearances to 105 markets covering 65% of the United States.
The new stations, their DMA rank and owners are:
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· KDMI-DT Des Moines (No. 73)—Pappas Telecasting Companies
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· KKAZ-KPTM-DT Omaha (No. 75)—Pappas Telecasting Companies
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· WZDX Huntsville-Decatur (No. 84)—Huntsville Television Acquisition Corp.
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· KDBC-DT El Paso (No. 99)—Pappas Telecasting Companies
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· WFXI Greenville, NC (No. 105)—Piedmont Television
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· KZOU Columbia-Jefferson City (No. 138)—JW Broadcasting
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· KPTH-DT Sioux City (No. 143)—Pappas Telecasting Companies
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· KIDZ Abilene-Sweetwater (No. 164)—Sage Broadcasting Corp.
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· KGJT Grand Junction-Montrose (No. 187)—Hoak Media of Colorado
Regarding the new affiliates, Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, commented, “With well over half of the U.S. cleared, My Network TV is rounding out its national clearance in key markets with such important group owners as Pappas and the nine new affiliates we’re announcing today.”
Harry J. Pappas, chairman and CEO of Pappas Telecasting Companies, said, “Seventeen years ago, we took a gamble on a fledgling enterprise, the Fox Network. We affiliated the three TV stations we then owned with Fox, despite the fact that many pundits said a fourth network couldn’t possibly succeed. Were they ever wrong! Our relationship with Fox has been mutually-beneficial. Now, we are affiliating four of our TV stations with Fox’s newest enterprise, MyNetworkTV. When you consider Rupert Murdoch’s consistent track record of success, it’s easy to understand why we’re betting on News Corp. again with My Network TV—a bet that Pappas Telecasting expects to pay off handsomely for all involved.”
Milton Grant, Owner President of Huntsville Television Acquisition Corp., stated, “My money is on the table with Rupert Murdoch. We know what the man and his team accomplished for FOX television stations by bringing us ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œAmerican Idol,’ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œHouse,’ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œ24,’ NASCAR, and the NFL I know they will make MyNetworkTV a success.”