Fox, Scripps to Pool News in 3 Markets
Fox Television Stations and The E.W. Scripps Co. have created a local news service for the companies' stations in Detroit, Phoenix and Tampa with plans to include other partners in each of the markets.
The stations involved are:
- Detroit (DMA 11): WJBK (Fox) and WXYZ (ABC)
- Phoenix (DMA 12): KSAZ (Fox) and KNXV (ABC)
- Tampa (DMA 13): WTVT (Fox) and WFTS (ABC)
Beginning this month, the service will pool content-gathering resources at general market news events, allowing the stations to save on duplicate efforts. By reducing costs, the companies said, their stations "will be able to increase their focus and resources on specialized franchise reporting."
The stations will continue to operate independently in all other respects of their businesses, including newsgathering operations.
Commenting on the agreement, Jack Abernethy, chief executive officer, Fox Television Stations, said: "We are pleased to be working with Scripps, a company that faces reality, makes quick decisions and understands what it takes to keep local television robust and independent."
The news service management will autonomously identify the stories to be covered each day and make arrangements to collect and deliver the video back to each of the participating stations. Each station will then decide how to use the video adding their own reporting and editorial style.
"This news service will allow our existing staff to cover even more local news across multiple platforms," said Brian Lawlor, Scripps' senior vice president of television, "and we'll now have the resources to deliver that content with deeper storytelling and richer context."
Content produced by the local news service can be used across multiple platforms, including over-the-air broadcasts, and online and mobile reporting. All employees involved in the shared operation will remain employees of their respective news organizations.