or


[04/18/06 - 12:00 AM]
The CW and Lin TV CorP. Announce Long-Term Television Station Affiliation Agreements

[via press release from The CW]

THE CW AND LIN TV CORP. ANNOUNCE LONG-TERM TELEVISION STATION AFFILIATION AGREEMENTS

Columbus (OH), Buffalo, Austin and Mobile Are the Latest Markets to Be Served by The CW

America's Fifth Broadcast Network Increases National Coverage To More Than 81% Of The Country

The CW and LIN TV Corp. (NYSE: TVL) announced today the signing of long-term affiliation agreements for LIN TV's television stations in Columbus (OH), Buffalo, Austin and Mobile.

The addition of these four LIN TV stations increases The CW's national coverage to more than 81% of the country, including 19 of the Top 20 markets and 26 of the Top 30.

The newly signed affiliates are:

* WWHO Columbus, OH (DMA rank #32).

* WNLO Buffalo, NY (DMA rank #49).

* KNVA Austin, TX (DMA rank #53).

* WBPG Mobile, AL-Pensacola (Ft. Walton Beach), FL (DMA rank #62).

These four stations represent 2.383% of total U.S. TV households. WWHO and WNLO are currently UPN affiliates. KNVA and WBPG are currently affiliated with The WB. KNVA is owned by 54 Broadcasting, Inc. and is operated by LIN TV under a Local Marketing Agreement.

Gary Chapman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, LIN TV Corp., said: "The affiliation agreements we've signed with The CW reflect our company's strategic focus on growing market share and asset value. After careful consideration, we believe that The CW's strong, sharply focused, highly promotable and highly saleable programming, its seasoned and well-regarded executive team, and LIN TV's industry-leading operating capabilities together make these affiliations with The CW the right choice for our four stations, for our viewers, for our advertisers and for our shareholders. We're looking forward to being The CW's partner in Columbus, Buffalo, Austin and Mobile."

John Maatta, Chief Operating Officer, The CW, noted: "I am so pleased that we have been able to conclude the terms of an agreement with Gary Chapman and LIN TV. The CW is poised to be an enormous and extraordinary success on every level, and it is gratifying to move ahead with LIN TV at our side. Since our first dealings in 1994 when The WB was announced, it has always been a great pleasure to do business with LIN TV generally, and a particular pleasure to do business with Gary Chapman, who stands out as one of the great and most innovative broadcasters of his generation. The opportunity to maintain our relationship with LIN TV at The CW is extremely important to us. LIN TV has always proven itself to be one of the most forward-thinking of the broadcast groups, serving each of their communities with the very best that the medium of television has to offer. We are thrilled with their decision; one which we know will be very beneficial for LIN TV and its shareholders for many years to come."

On January 24, CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced their intent to form a new 5th network, The CW, to be launched in the fall of 2006. The new broadcasting network will be a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, with each company owning 50%.

In an important strategic move that secures major market distribution for The CW, it was also announced on January 24th that Tribune Broadcasting and the CBS Corporation's UPN affiliates have agreed separately to sign 10-year affiliation agreements with the new network. The combination of Tribune's 16 major market stations (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Houston, Miami, Denver, St. Louis, Portland, Indianapolis, San Diego, Hartford, New Orleans and Albany) and the 11 CBS-owned UPN major market affiliates (Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa, Seattle, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, West Palm Beach, Norfolk and Providence) cover the top 13 television markets, 20 of the top 25 television markets and have a total coverage area of more than 47% of the country.

The CW will incorporate The WB's current scheduling model, which consists of a 6 night-13 hour primetime lineup including Monday through Friday nights from 8-10 (EST/PST); Sundays from 7-10 (EST/PST); Sunday from 5-7 (EST/PST) outside of primetime as well as a Monday thru Friday afternoon block from 3-5 (EST/PST) and a 5-hour Saturday morning animation block. Together, the network will program 30 hours a week over seven days for its affiliated stations.

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The Company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and UPN), cable television (Showtime and CSTV Networks), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Paramount Television and King World), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), theme parks (Paramount Parks), digital media (CBS Digital Media Group and CSTV Networks) and consumer products (CBS Consumer Products). In Fall 2006, UPN will cease operations and The CW, a new fifth broadcast television network, will launch as a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation. For more information, log on to www.cbscorporation.com.

Warner Bros. Entertainment, a fully-integrated, broad-based entertainment company, is a global leader in the creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of all forms of entertainment and their related businesses. Warner Bros. Entertainment, a Time Warner Company, stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry, from feature films to television, home video/DVD, animation, comic books, interactive entertainment and games, product and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

LIN TV Corp. operates 29 television stations in 18 mid-sized markets, two of which are LMAs. The Company owns approximately 20% of KXAS-TV in Dallas, Texas and KNSD-TV in San Diego, California through a joint venture with NBC, and is a 50% non-voting investor in Banks Broadcasting, Inc., which owns KWCV-TV in Wichita, Kansas and KNIN-TV in Boise, Idaho. LIN is also a 1/3 owner of WAND-TV, the ABC affiliate in Decatur, Illinois, which it manages pursuant to a management services agreement. Financial information and overviews of LIN TV's stations are available on the Company's website at www.lintv.com.





  [april 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)









[04/01/15 - 11:41 AM]
"Idol" Fan Save on Twitter Adds New and Dramatic Real-Time Twist to Season!
Beginning this week, fans have the opportunity to save a finalist from elimination by a real-time vote using Twitter.

[04/01/15 - 10:49 AM]
ABC Family Picks Up Three New Unscripted Series: "Startup U," "Next Step Realty: NYC" and "Monica the Medium"
These unscripted series join recently greenlit series "Becoming Us" (formerly "My Transparent Life") and "Job or No Job," which will all premiere this summer.

[04/01/15 - 10:30 AM]
E! Continues to Boost Original Programming with Introduction of Three New Series and Return of Three Hit Franchises
"#RichKids of Beverly Hills" (Sunday, May 24), "Total Divas" (Summer 2015) and "Christina Milian Turned Up" (Fall 2015) are all due back.

[04/01/15 - 10:03 AM]
truTV Spring 2015 Highlights
Said offerings include the return of "Fake Off" (Wednesday, May 6), "Barmageddon" (Monday, June 1) and "How to Be a Grown Up" (Tuesday, June 2).

[04/01/15 - 10:00 AM]
Fifth Harmony, Carly Rae Jepsen, Chelsea Kane, Sweet Suspense, Kelsea Ballerini, and Stars of "black-ish" and "Teen Beach 2" to Present at the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards
A 30-minute pre-show originating from the red carpet and a 90-minute awards show telecast will be presented on multiple platforms around the world beginning Sunday, April 26 (7:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

[04/01/15 - 10:00 AM]
CBS Announces Season Finale Airdates
Plus: "Stalker" will rejoin the schedule on Monday, May 4 at 9:00/8:00c.

[04/01/15 - 09:45 AM]
Creative Team Behind "The Bachelor" Franchise Introduces New Luxurious Line of Hot Tubs to Be Sold at Retailers Nationwide Beginning April 1
"Hot tubs represent a great way of life - a life filled with romance and passion," said Bachelor creator/executive producer Mike Fleiss.

[04/01/15 - 09:38 AM]
USA Network's WWE "Monday Night Raw" Attracts Largest Audience in Nearly Three Years
USA spins the numbers for Monday, March 30.

[04/01/15 - 09:31 AM]
Second Round of Performers Announced to Perform on "ACM Presents: Superstar Duets," Friday, May 15 on CBS
The special, taping April 17-18 at the two-day ACM Party for a Cause Festival at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, will be broadcast Friday, May 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

[04/01/15 - 08:45 AM]
NBC Ties for the Nightlong Win Against All-Original Competition on the Big 4, Despite Encores of "Voice" and "Chicago Fire"
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, March 31.

[04/01/15 - 08:38 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "NCIS," "Dovekeepers" Top Viewers for CBS
The Eye however shares the adults 18-49 crown with NBC last night.

[04/01/15 - 08:36 AM]
"Forever" Is No. 1 at 10pm in Adults 18-49 with an 11% Rise Week to Week
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, March 31.

[04/01/15 - 08:29 AM]
Nat Geo WILD Celebrates Earth Day with Slate of Original Animal Programming Throughout April
To help localize the Earth Day effort, Nat Geo WILD will invite people to post a selfie with the part of the Earth they most want to protect, using the hashtag #earthdayselfie.

[04/01/15 - 07:24 AM]
NBC Sports Group Fills Out 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff Bracket with Complete Coverage Beginning April 15
During April, May and June, NBC Sports Group will televise as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming.

[04/01/15 - 07:21 AM]
CNBC's "Consumed: The Real Restaurant Business" Premieres Wednesday, May 13 at 10PM ET/PT
CNBC takes viewers behind-the-scenes of five very different restaurants in the ultra-competitive New York food scene, chronicling their every struggle and occasional triumph.