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WCCB Charlotte To Lose Its Fox Affiliation

The move is a result of Fox’s buying Capitol Broadcasting’s CW and MNT affiliates there, WJZY and WMYT. Jim Babb, EVP-COO of WCCB owner Bahakel Communications, says they were informed of the move Monday morning and are “already exploring various options.”

The affiliation landscape in Charlotte, N.C. (DMA 25), will be changing. Bahakel Communications, the station group that owns WCCB, a Fox affiliate for 27 years, will lose that affiliation in the wake of Monday’s announcement that Fox Television Stations is buying Capitol Broadcasting’s two stations in the market: WJZY (CW) and WMYT (MNT).

Jim Babb, Bahakel executive vice president and COO, said Fox had put his station on notice Monday morning that the network planned to switch affiliations in the deal’s wake.

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“Obviously we’re disappointed with the news,” Babb told TVNewsCheck. “But we’re determined to find a way to be successful going forward, and we’re already exploring various options.”

Nathaniel Brown, a spokesman for Fox parent News Corp., declined comment.

The price of the sale of WJZY and WMYT was not disclosed and the deal is subject to FCC approval.

“We have enjoyed being a part of the dynamic Charlotte market for 25 years,” said James F. Goodmon, President-CEO of Capitol Broadcasting.  “We are sorry to leave but excited about the future of the stations under the ownership of Fox Television Stations.”

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“We are delighted to expand our portfolio of stations and return to North Carolina,” said Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations. “WJZY and WMYT are both well-run stations that  provide us with a unique opportunity in a growing top-25 market.”

WJZY signed on March 9, 1987, as an independent station. It was acquired by Capitol on Nov. 23, 1987. WMYT signed on Oct. 21, 1994, as an independent station. It was purchased by Capitol on March 28, 2000. 


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Homebrew Nickname posted over 4 years ago
dantheflash2011 Nickname posted over 4 years ago
WCCB Wii Become New CW Station after switch affiliations
AZObserver Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Not so fast. They could probably do better going the KTVK/WJXT route of running second runs of talk shows or even Me-TV's primetime than clearing The CW.
ArtieFufkin Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Both of those stations had dominant news departments when they lost their affiliations. Not the case with WCCB.
AZObserver Nickname posted over 4 years ago
True. But, many syndicated shows get much better ratings than anything on The CW's lineup.
newsbot Nickname posted over 4 years ago
True, but syndicated programming with any kind of an audience is cash plus barter, so you have to weigh the license fees against whatever revenue you can get from local avails.
Bailusout Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Looks like Raycom dodged a bullet in Cincinnati, FOX has no loyalty to any of the affils. 27 years and a don't let the door hit you on the way out. It could have been worse, FOX could have had promising lline up that might have actually reversed their downward momentum.
idaho50 Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Again, the greed and disloyalty of Fox
jdshaw Nickname posted over 4 years ago
How is the Fox Charlotte acquisition greedy or disloyal? Fox is purchasing the two stations. Should they keep network programming on the competition?
Roger Thornhill Nickname posted over 4 years ago
This may be true, but it does show the hazards of network affiliation, particularly with the majors. I know of a few low power stations who really thought they were in the catbird seat when a major network signed with them only to be unceremoniously dumped as soon as a full power station became available. Every affiliate should have a programming contingency plan.
Sammy Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Not good for Top 25ish station trading. Knocks a turn or two off your multiples especially if you own a FOX affiliate. FOX realizes now they shouldn't have sold those "junk" stations (Cleveland, KC, etc) a few years back. Nets now know these are cash cows for the foreseeable future.
WeWin Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Did Bahakel try to buy the two stations bought by Fox or were they asleep at the switch?
Thomas Scanlan posted over 4 years ago
Bahakel wasn't asleep at the switch. Since Cy's start in the TV business way back in the early 1950's, his MO has been to operate SUPER lean and mean. His news in Charlotte can't hold a candle to the competition, because they're simply better funded, hence, more news eyeballs go elsewhere at 10PM than to WCCB. IMHO Bahakel probably was hurting - bigtime - on Fox's reverse comp demands. Charlotte is a large enough market for Fox to be an O&O. Capitol's Jim Goodmon is no fool, either. He might have made a play for the Fox affiliation, hoping to snatch it from Bahakel, but then Fox would be in the catbird seat, playing Bahakel and Capitol against each other. My guess is when Fox approached Mr. Goodmon, he made an EXCELLENT business decision, and simply exited the market. Speaking from experience in the market, and knowing Messrs. Bahakel (deceased) and Goodmon, as well as Bahakel children.
posted over 4 years ago
Funny the eyeballs go elsewhere at 10 pm , as you say, yet this station is number 1 in the market AT 10 pm. I think you are referring to the 11 pm newscasts. You are also again wrong on your thinking that Fox was hurting WCCB when they actually wanted to buy WCCB, but the Bahakel family wouldn't sell. WCCB is one of the most profitable Fox affiliates nationwide, This was a screw you move by Fox because they do regret selling off affiliates to buy the Wall Street Journal now. The Bahakels will be fine, but I worry about the lowly employees. Yes, they say that they will stay the course- there is no CW move planned , are already prepping their next move but most people know better than to buy it will all be alright.
AZObserver Nickname posted over 4 years ago
It's a good thing FOX got these stations for a bargain, because they'll need to build a newsroom from scratch at WJZY, not unlike what KSWB in San Diego had to do when it became FOX (it probably didn't help Tribune's financial state any).
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