Block Communications will not be picking up The CW for KTRV Boise, Idaho, after losing Fox to former CW affiliate KNIN.. Instead, the new CW affiliate is Fisher Communications’ KBOI (CBS), which will put The CW on a subchannel and a low-power station.
The CW Television Network, which was abandoned in Boise, Idaho, when affiliate Journal Communications’s KINN landed the Fox affiliation last month, has found a new home: Fisher Communications’ KBOI.
Starting no later than Sept. 12, KBOI, which carries CBS on its primary channel, will air the CW on a subchannel. Fisher will also simulcast the network on a low-power station, KYUU.
In addition to the CW’s primetime fare, the KBOI subchannel will also feature original local morning and late news, strong first-run programming like The Daily Buzz, a three hour live daily news and entertainment program, plus eight hours of comedy hits each weekday, including Seinfeld, That ’70s Show, South Park and The King of Queens.
Journal said last month that it was dumping CW in Boise to make way for Fox, which became available after Fox and its current affiliate in the market, Block Communications’ KTRV, couldn’t come to terms on programming fees. Fox has been demanding stiff fees from all of its affiliates as the price for renewal.
CW’s move to KBOI leaves Block’s KTRV without a major broadcast network.
“The CW Television Network is a terrific addition to our Boise CBS station and we are excited to expand our relationship with them,” said Robert I. Dunlop, Fisher EVP, operations. “We have had the pleasure of working closely with the team at The CW over the past year on a number of initiatives and we are delighted to be working with them in Boise, too.”
“We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with Fisher Communications,” said Russell Myerson, Executive Vice President of The CW Television Network. “We are delighted that Fisher and their team at KBOI-CW will be bringing our network to the viewers and advertisers of western Idaho.”