CBS Switches To Tribune In Indianapolis As Part Of Tribune Affiliation Package
CBS Corporation and Tribune Broadcasting this morning announced a long-term agreement that renews their existing affiliation agreements, and gives the broadcast network a new home in Indianapolis on Tribune Broadcasting’s WTTV.
Not mentioned in this morning’s announcement: The CW currently airs on WTTV, but will be bumped to the station’s multicast channel 4.2 . (Tribune’s other indie station FOX 59 remains the same.) WTTV becomes the new home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts beginning in 2015; the Trib station will also broadcast other live sports, including NCAA football and basketball games. And what of CBS’ current station in the market? LIN Media’s WISH-TV (Channel 8), loses the affiliation on January 1, 2015.
CBS agreed to the switch as part of a deal that includes early renewals for four Tribune Media-owned CBS affiliates: WREG-TV in Memphis, Tenn.; WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Ala; KFSM-TV in Ft. Smith, Ark., as well as a renewal for WTVR-TV in Richmond, Va. CBS also has renewed its affiliation agreement with Dreamcatcher Broadcasting’s Norfolk, Va., WTKR, to which Tribune Broadcasting provides operational support under a shared services agreement. (more…)