The network’s 237th affiliate is Lockwood Broadcast Group’s KTEN Sherman, Texas-Ada, Okla., which will air the ABC schedule on its ch. 10.3.
Lockwood Broadcast Group and the ABC Television Network have reached an affiliation agreement to offer the full ABC Television Network programming schedule in the Sherman, Texas-Ada, Okla., market, over Lockwood’s KTEN digital ch. 10.3.
Additionally, as part of the agreement, ABC Texoma will produce local news coverage for the market. The channel is set to launch in May 2010.
“We are very pleased to be teaming with Lockwood Broadcasting and look forward to the launch of ABC Texoma,” said John Rouse, SVP, Affiliate Relations, ABC Television Network. “Localism plays an integral role in ABC’s far-reaching relationships with television stations nationwide, and we’re pleased to utilize the benefits of the digital spectrum to bring our ABC Network programming, complemented by locally-produced news broadcasts, to better serve viewers in the Sherman/Ada area.”
“We are thrilled to add the ABC television network to the KTEN Media brand,” said Dave Hanna, president, Lockwood Broadcast Group. “We pledge to continue our commitment to the wonderful communities of Texoma. With ABC we have a unique opportunity to provide even more news and entertainment options to our viewers.”
To date, the market has been served by out-of-market broadcasts from surrounding ABC affiliates.
With the addition of this new station, ABC will have a total of 237 affiliates, which includes 10 owned stations.
In addition to KTEN, Lockwood Broadcast Group owns WQCW (CW) in Charleston/Huntington, W.Va., and WHDF (CW) in Huntsville, Ala.