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.