Tribune Broadcasting on Tuesday announced that it reached a comprehensive, multi-year agreement with Fox Broadcasting to renew the existing Fox affiliations of six Tribune Media stations: KSWB San Diego; KTXL Sacramento, Calif.; WXIN Indianapolis; WTIC Hartford, Conn.; WXMI Grand Rapids, Mich.; and WPMT Harrisburg, Pa. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Tribune moves him from VP-GM at its KDAF Dallas to succeed Paul Rennie at the Fox-CBS duopoly in Indianapolis.
The last year has been a tumultuous one for TV broadcasters in the 27th market. One local media buyer called the current picture “utter chaos.” When CBS moved its affiliation from WISH to WTTV, the latter added another 24.5 hours of local TV news to the market mix. And to fill the CBS hole, WISH increased its local news offering 42%, to 64.5 hours per week. WRTV also added newscasts, upping its weekly amount to 40 hours. WXIN, already a local TV news heavyweight, broadcasts a whopping 66 hours per week while local ratings king WTHR airs 38.5.