Could renouned Fox TV shows such as “Empire” and “Star’’ find a new home subsequent year in South Florida?
Officials during WSVN-Ch. 7, a longtime Fox associate in a Miami-Fort Lauderdale market, don’t know, as Fox Broadcasting Co. prepares to squeeze The CW associate WSFL-Ch. 39 along with 6 other stations national from Sinclair Broadcast Group.
The Maryland-based Sinclair, that is seeking supervision capitulation to acquire Tribune Media and a 42 stations, announced Wednesday that it has concluded to sell 7 stations to Fox TV’s group. The understanding is approaching to tighten someday in a second entertain or early third entertain and be reviewed by regulators.
Fox hasn’t announced a skeleton for WSFL, that is formed in Fort Lauderdale and broadcasts syndicated shows and renouned CW programs such as “The Flash” and “Arrow.” A Fox orator was not immediately accessible for comment.
After a sale, WSFL could afterwards turn a Fox owned and operated affiliate, pronounced Ed Ansin, owners of Sunbeam Television Corp., that owns WSVN.
Ansin pronounced that Fox has positive him that it would not cancel a connection aggreement with WSVN before to Jun 30, 2019 when it expires.
“But over that, they haven’t told us a thing,” Ansin pronounced Friday in his North Bay Village office. “I feel that it is really strange. It doesn’t bode well. What in a universe are they doing anyway, but conference but informing us? It’s tough to make any clarity out of it.”
For South Florida viewers, there’s no evident impact. In further to a newscasts, WSVN will continue to promote Fox’s network shows for now. The same goes for WSFL with The CW programs.
But Ansin pronounced if Fox were to dump a connection with WSVN in mid-2019, he would afterwards make WSVN an eccentric news station. He would devise to supplement a 9 p.m. newscast to reinstate a detriment of Fox programming, as good as collect adult a syndicated uncover for 8 p.m. Fox programs now atmosphere from 8 to 10 p.m weekdays on a station.
“We’ll turn an eccentric and run some-more news, essentially,” Ansin said.
It’s a playbook a media noble knows well. Last year, after WSVN’s Boston sister hire WHDH-Ch. 7 mislaid a NBC affiliation, a hire became independent, beefed adult on news and hired 34 staffers, he said.
In 1988, Ansin executed a identical pierce when WSVN mislaid a connection with NBC after a network bought WTVJ (then Ch. 4, now Ch. 6) and changed programing there.
WSVN afterwards introduced a code of adorned graphics and concentration on mark news. A year later, WSVN became a Fox affiliate.
“We are veterans of a network wars so to speak,” Ansin said. ”Each time, we have been innovative and successful. If we’re not Fox, we will continue to be a news leader.”