The move is a result of Fox’s buying Capitol Broadcasting’s CW and MNT affiliates there, WJZY and WMYT. Jim Babb, EVP-COO of WCCB owner Bahakel Communications, says they were informed of the move Monday morning and are “already exploring various options.”
The affiliation landscape in Charlotte, N.C. (DMA 25), will be changing. Bahakel Communications, the station group that owns WCCB, a Fox affiliate for 27 years, will lose that affiliation in the wake of Monday’s announcement that Fox Television Stations is buying Capitol Broadcasting’s two stations in the market: WJZY (CW) and WMYT (MNT).
Jim Babb, Bahakel executive vice president and COO, said Fox had put his station on notice Monday morning that the network planned to switch affiliations in the deal’s wake.
“Obviously we’re disappointed with the news,” Babb told TVNewsCheck. “But we’re determined to find a way to be successful going forward, and we’re already exploring various options.”
Nathaniel Brown, a spokesman for Fox parent News Corp., declined comment.
The price of the sale of WJZY and WMYT was not disclosed and the deal is subject to FCC approval.
“We have enjoyed being a part of the dynamic Charlotte market for 25 years,” said James F. Goodmon, President-CEO of Capitol Broadcasting. “We are sorry to leave but excited about the future of the stations under the ownership of Fox Television Stations.”
“We are delighted to expand our portfolio of stations and return to North Carolina,” said Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations. “WJZY and WMYT are both well-run stations that provide us with a unique opportunity in a growing top-25 market.”
WJZY signed on March 9, 1987, as an independent station. It was acquired by Capitol on Nov. 23, 1987. WMYT signed on Oct. 21, 1994, as an independent station. It was purchased by Capitol on March 28, 2000.