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Changes ahead for Seattle TV net affiliations?

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  1. johnf

    I just saw the following article on Jason Remington's SeaTac Media website. For someone such as myself, who grew up in Seattle, this possible shakeup in the TV network affiliations is quite interesting. As you will see in the story, one possible outcome is KCPQ 13 becoming a CBS affiliate. But I don't envision that as long as CBS Corporation owns KSTW 11; it's only logical to think that the CBS affiliation would go back to Channel 11 if KIRO loses it.

    FOX on the prowl for new acquisition in Washington state

    We’ve speculated a couple times in the past that the BELO/GANNETT and FISHER/SINCLAIR deals were just part of the changes coming to the Seattle TV landscape.
    Now comes news that 21st Century FOX television is looking at stations in NFL markets, notably KIRO 7 locally. This could mean that KCPQ 13 loses the FOX affiliation. This could also mean that KCPQ might become the new CBS affiliate.
    Another idea is that, once again, KSTW 11 gets the CBS affiliation since the station is owned by that network. Channel 11 was a CBS station three times earlier, first in the mid-1950s, losing it to the new KIRO in 1958. Then again in the early 1960s while KIRO was the dominate CBS station. Puget Sound had 2 CBS affiliates for about 2 years. Channel 11 picked up CBS again, in a major network/station ownership swap in 1995. KIRO regained the affiliation a short 2 years later. Channel 11 could never quite keep a grasp on the Big Eye.
    Here is the possible line-up:
    The FOX strategy is to add to its station holdings in NFL markets, particularly markets with NFC teams, the conference for which Fox has a TV rights package. Fox at present has O&Os in 11 of the 16 NFC markets. Tribune currently owns KCPQ 13. Could FOX just purchase Channel 13 without any major shake-up? We will see how this all plays out in the next few months.

    Posted on August 25, 2013 - 06:20 PM #
  2. RadioBuggie

    It's anybody's guess on this, really...

    Posted on August 25, 2013 - 06:29 PM #
  3. paulwalker

    We all remember about how KIRO was distressed when they lost CBS in the 90's. However, KSTW with CBS in todays days and age, and KIRO to FOX wouldn't be the end of the world. Funny how times have changed in just 10-15 years. I wouldn't be surprised by this, but KCPQ would be the odd man out, no doubt. Likely, their news operation would fall apart, however this is not a given, KCQP could plow on as an indie with local news, either on their own or with a new partner in the Sea/Tac market.

    Either way, expect to see major changes in the Sea/Tac market in the next year. All brought upon by Sinclair and Gannett, and Fox, who all have different agendas. Seatte has seen turmoil before, but get ready for turmoil never before seen in the market.

    Posted on August 25, 2013 - 08:18 PM #
  4. washnotore

    The ownership of these Seattle stations. Tribune (KCPQ) , Cox Media (KIRO) and Sinclair (KOMO). Have FOX affiliations in other cities. Tribune stations are currently for sale.

    Posted on August 26, 2013 - 02:18 AM #
  5. washnotore

    It has been rumored for sometime. That Fox Television Stations group. Wanted to own a station outright in Seattle and/or San Francisco market.

    Now comes word Fox Television Stations group has bought KTVU/KICU in San Francisco Bay Area. From longtime owner Cox Media. As part of a larger stations swap.

    Posted on June 24, 2014 - 08:55 PM #
  6. msndrspdx

    KTVU has been the Fox station in the SF Bay Area for several years now. They're also seen on cable systems in northern CA and parts of southern OR. The 49ers and Raiders compete against each other in that area for fans (as do MLB's Giants and A's). For Fox to own KTVU, that would make sense.

    Wonder if affiliation changes in Seattle would foreshadow possible changes in Portland?

    Best, Mike 8)

    Posted on June 25, 2014 - 12:55 PM #
  7. paulwalker

    It took me a few minutes to realize this thread is almost a year old. As for KCPQ-13, of course there is a difference between being a fox affiliate (KCPQ), and Fox-owned station. KCPQ is still owned by Tribune, but as Johnf said, Tribune is looking to sell properties. Fox may make a play for KCPQ, because they run the Fox NFC games. In which case no networks would change, however the KSTW-11 rumor is intriguing if CBS wants to own more network affiliates. Though I've never heard of the 4th time being the charm.

    Posted on June 25, 2014 - 02:39 PM #
  8. e_dawg

    Looks like things are getting heat up with KCPQ - Tribune and FOX television stations regarding NFL NFC 2014 Championships the Seattle Seahawks.

    Posted on September 24, 2014 - 10:04 PM #
  9. washnotore

    Here is the press release from Tribune Media.

    Fox gives Tribune Termination Notice

    Posted on September 25, 2014 - 02:05 AM #
  10. kennewickman

    Yeah , I remember when we had two CBS affiliates in Seattle Tacoma...I was about 7 or 8 years old...and whats more...we lived up on the hill in North Tacoma not far from the Old KTVW ch 13 transmitter site on reservoir hill just off 32nd and Pearl...( the tower is still there BTW )...and up there you could get KVOS-12 in Bellingham most days...Well little ' Al " had learned how to tune our Sears Airline console Black and White just right so I could see 3 CBS affiliates at one time !!! Walter Cronkite all together on 3 TV stations !!

    I got a charge out of that, definitely a broadcast NERD in the making ...

    Posted on September 25, 2014 - 09:20 AM #