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Fox Television Stations, LLC ( FTS; alternately Fox Television Stations Group, LLC), is a group of television stations located within the which are owned-and-operated by the Fox Broadcasting Company, a subsidiary of the .

FTS produced the first 25 seasons of Fox's program COPS (through Fox Television Stations Productions), until it moved to Spike (now Paramount Network) in the 2013-14 season. It also oversees the service and has a half-interest in the Movies! digital subchannel network, which is shared with Weigel Broadcasting.


History
FTS was formed in April 1986 after the acquisition of the -owned independent stations by the 20th Century Fox film studio, at the time jointly owned by media mogul 's News Corporation, and -based billionaire . These stations would later become the basis of the Fox Broadcasting Company, which launched in October 1986. Not long after the Metromedia deal was made, Murdoch purchased Davis's shares and News Corporation assumed complete control of 20th Century Fox.

Initially, FTS was a semi-autonomous unit in which News Corporation owned over 99% of the equity but only 24% of the voting power; the balance was held personally by Murdoch. FCC Order 01-209, exhibit 'B' Federal Communications Commission regulations of that era prohibited foreign interests or non-American citizens from controlling more than 25 per cent of an FCC-licensed broadcast station. Though News Corporation was still based in Australia, Murdoch had become a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1985, and the nominal transfer of a majority voting interest to Murdoch was sufficient to get around this hurdle. The quirk was removed permanently when News Corporation reincorporated in the U.S. in 2004. The Fox Broadcasting Company itself and affiliated cable channels were not affected by these regulations.

Starting with the original six stations, FTS gained the bulk of its group through two large transactions: the 1997 purchase of New World Communications, succeeding a 1994 business deal between the two companies which led to all of New World's stations switching from other networks to Fox during 1994–95; and the 2000 acquisition of the Chris-Craft/United group, which gave Fox ownership of several stations then affiliated with the network, and also created several duopolies (two stations in the same market owned by the same company). A significant factor that resulted in Fox's affiliation with, and later purchase of, New World Communications was Fox acquiring TV rights to the National Football League (NFL), primarily covering games involving teams in the National Football Conference (NFC).

The Fox-owned UPN affiliates were not included in the , which was announced on January 23, 2006. Soon after, these stations removed references to UPN from their on-air branding and websites. On February 22, 2006, FTS announced that all nine of their non-Fox outlets will be charter affiliates of a new service known as , which commenced operations on September 5, 2006, with telenovela programming that was original to be syndicated.Higgins, John M. & John Eggerton. (February 22, 2006) News Corp. Unveils My Network TV. Broadcasting & Cable. Accessed on November 20, 2013. On May 23, 2016, it was announced that one of the Fox-owned former UPN affiliates that were left out of the initial negotiations for CW affiliation a decade earlier, MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station in , would be taking over the market's affiliation with the network from rival in September of that year. MyNetworkTV remains on WPWR as a secondary affiliation.

On December 21, 2007, FTS announced that it would sell nine of its stations to Local TV, LLC, a division of Oak Hill Capital Partners. Six of the stations that were sold are ex-New World stations. The transaction was completed in 2008.

In January 2009, NBC Owned Television Stations and FTS set up the first Local News Service with their Philadelphia stations after testing since the summer 2008. Fox and NBC then added other markets where they both own stations.

On January 28, 2013, FTS announced that 17 of their stations would be affiliating with new subchannel network, Movies!, which is a joint venture between FTS and Weigel Broadcasting, on their subchannels. That same day, the company announced it would be acquiring the Charlotte duopoly of CW affiliate and affiliate from Capitol Broadcasting Company. The deal was approved by the FCC on March 11http://licensing.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/Auth_Files/1537401.pdf and completed on April 17. As part of the deal, WJZY became a Fox owned-and-operated station on July 1. The station community believed that the Charlotte station's purchase by FTS is proof that Fox is interested in owning a TV station in NFL markets (specifically those with NFC teams, as Charlotte is) to up the station groups' "bargaining power in retransmission consent negotiations with cable, satellite and telco operators."

As part of the restructuring that stemmed from the News Corporation/21st Century Fox split, it was announced on July 8, 2013 that 20th Television, which was until that time under FTS, will operate under the management of 20th Century Fox Television.

On June 24, 2014, FTS announced it would acquire its existing San Francisco Bay Area affiliate , along with its duopoly partner , from Cox Media Group in exchange for in Boston and in Memphis. The station sale/trade was completed on October 8, 2014. Fox's motivation for acquiring KTVU was that it was another NFL market with an NFC team.

In addition to FTS's aforementioned purchases of Charlotte's WJZY in 2013 and the San Francisco Bay Area's KTVU in 2014, Variety reported that Fox is also interested in acquiring stations in the following other NFL markets: and St. Louis (the latter's had previously been owned by Fox, but was included in the 2007 sale to Local TV; with the St. Louis Rams relocating to Los Angeles starting with the 2016 NFL season, there is no word as to whether or not FTS' pursuit of a station in the St. Louis market has diminished). While discussions with Seattle's Fox affiliate and its owner Tribune Broadcasting remained ongoing, Fox struck a deal on September 19, 2014, to buy , a station in nearby Bellingham, for $10 million; the purchase, submitted for FCC approval on October 3, was described as a "strategic option" for Fox by an insider. Tribune then agreed on October 17 to extend its affiliation agreement for KCPQ through July 2018, and pay increased reverse compensation fees to Fox for the broadcasting of the network's programming beginning in January 2015. Fox's application to acquire KBCB was dismissed by the FCC on November 20, 2014.

On January 20, 2015, it was announced that Fox Television Stations would be a charter launch partner for , a new digital multicast network from and FremantleMedia North America devoted to classic , which launched that June. Later in the year, FTS also agreed to carry Weigel Broadcasting's Heroes & Icons network on subchannels of 11 major market stations.

On April 30, 2017, it was reported that 21st Century Fox was in talks to purchase in a joint venture with the . On May 7, 2017, it was reported that Sinclair Broadcast Group was nearing a deal to purchase Tribune Media, and that 21st Century Fox had dropped its bid for the company. The deal was officially announced the next day. (However, on August 9, 2018, Tribune canceled the Sinclair deal.) On August 2, 2017, it was reported that 21st Century Fox was in talks to form a similar joint venture with in an effort to counter Sinclair and displace Fox affiliations from their stations; analysts felt that the proposed partnership was meant as a bargaining ploy against Sinclair, as it would have to make significant investments into the acquired stations to make them profitable and capable of producing local news programming (Ion stations have historically had few employees or local infrastructure), and that Fox risked losing viewers through these transitions.

In January 2018, the reported that FTS was finalizing a deal to acquire as many as 10 Fox affiliates from Sinclair, as part of an effort to reach FCC approval of its proposed acquisition of Tribune Media. The deal would likely include Seattle's KCPQ (as Sinclair already owns ABC affiliate there), in Oklahoma City (Tribune already owns ), in Salt Lake City (Sinclair already owns ), in St. Louis (Sinclair owns ) and Tribune's Fox/CW duopoly of and in Denver. This deal would bring several former O&Os previously divested to Local TV LLC (which was acquired by Tribune) back under Fox ownership.

On May 9, 2018, Fox announced it would purchase KCPQ, KDVR, KSTU, in Sacramento, in San Diego, WJW in Cleveland and , the CW affiliate for Miami-Fort Lauderdale. The move would give Fox stations in the home markets for the , , and as the network takes over the Thursday Night Football package from and . After Tribune terminated its merger agreement with Sinclair on August 9, 2018, however, the sale of the seven aforementioned stations to FTS was likewise nullified.


Fox Corporation subsidiary
On December 14, 2017, after rumors of such a sale, The Walt Disney Company announced that it would purchase FTS's parent company, 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion, plus the assumption of $13.7 billion in debt by Fox, subject to government approval. FTS, along with several other assets was spun off into , a company owned by the Murdoch family. The deal was completed on March 20, 2019.

With the loss of Twentieth Television in the deal, Fox Stations set up its own syndication arm, Fox First Run., despite some of their syndicated shows are distributed in conjunction with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

On November 5, 2019, Nexstar Media Group announced an agreement to sell WITI in Milwaukee (effectively a re-purchase) and and in Seattle to Fox Television Stations, and would purchase from Fox and in Charlotte. This gives Fox additional two bigger NFL team market stations.

The station group launched its first online streaming service, Fox Soul, an African American focused ad-supported streaming channel on January 13, 2020.


Units
  • Fox Television Stations
    • 17 Fox owned-and-operated (O&O) stations
    • 10 O&O stations
    • 1 independent station
  • Fox Television Stations Productions
  • Fox First Run (2019—present) first run syndication arm; shows: , and 25 Words or Less
  • Fox Soul (January 13, 2020—present)
  • Movies! ( with Weigel Broadcasting)


Stations
Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and city of license.


Current
Notes:
  • ( **) – Indicates an original Fox-owned station from the network's inception in 1986.
  • ( ++) – Indicates a station owned by New World Communications prior to its acquisition by News Corporation in 1997.
  • ( ¤¤) – Indicates a station owned by Chris-Craft Industries/BHC prior to its acquisition by News Corporation in 2001.

++10 (10)1997Fox
¤¤45 (26)2001
**11 (11)1986Fox
¤¤13 (13)2001MyNetworkTV
2 (44)2014Fox
36 (36)2014Independent
**5 (36)1986Fox
20 (35)2002MyNetworkTV

51 (31)2002Fox
35 (22)2002Fox
¤¤65 (41)2001MyNetworkTV
++13 (12)1997Fox
++5 (27)1997Fox
**32 (31)1986Fox
50 (51)2002MyNetworkTV
++2 (7)1997Fox
¤¤9 (9)2001Fox
29 (29)2002MyNetworkTV
KFTC
26 (26)2002MyNetworkTV
**5 (44)1986Fox
¤¤9 (25)2001MyNetworkTV
29 (42)1995Fox
46 (47)2013Fox
55 (39)2013MyNetworkTV
KTBC ++7 (7)1997Fox
++4 (35)1997Fox
27 (36)2000MyNetworkTV
KRIV **26 (26)1986Fox
20 (19)2002MyNetworkTV


Former
Birmingham6 (50)1995–2008Fox affiliate owned by
- Oakland - San JoseKBHK-TV ¤¤44 (45)2001–2002 affiliate, KBCW, owned by
Denver31 (32)1995–2008Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
KFCT
22 (21)1995–2008Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Atlanta36 (25)1993–1995 affiliate owned by Tegna Inc.
Baltimore ¤¤24 (41)2001–2013MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by
Boston ** 15 (20)1986ABC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
25 (31)1987–1990
1995–2014
Fox affiliate owned by Cox Media Group
Kansas City ++4 (34)1997–2008Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
St. Louis ++2 (43)1997–2008Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
High Point - Greensboro - Winston-Salem8 (35)1995–2008Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
ClevelandWJW-TV ++8 (8)1997–2008Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Portland, Oregon ¤¤12 (12)2001–2002Fox affiliate owned by Meredith Corporation
Memphis13 (13)1995–2014Fox affiliate owned by Cox Media Group
Dallas – Fort Worth **33 (32)1986–1995The CW affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
San AntonioKMOL-TV ¤¤4 (48)2001 affiliate, , owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Salt Lake City13 (28)1990–2008Fox affiliate owned by the E. W. Scripps Company
¤¤4 (40)2001ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
MilwaukeeWITI-TV ++6 (33)1997–2008Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
(station to be re-purchased by FTS)

Other Notes:

  • 1 WCVB-TV was included in the original sale of the Metromedia stations to News Corporation, but was spun off in a separate, concurrent deal to the Hearst Corporation as part of a right of first refusal related to that station's 1982 acquisition by Metromedia.
  • On a side note, in between the events of Fox acquiring its original charter affiliates and the New World affiliation agreement, only KDVR, KTVU, WFXT, WTXF, KSTU, WOFL and WOGX were already affiliated with Fox when they were acquired by Fox in future acquisitions.


Fox Soul
Fox Soul is a digital television network operated by Fox Television Stations that launched on January 13, 2020. The network features original and syndicated programming targeting African Americans. It is the first online streaming service launched by .

Four new original daily shows were started for the service which would be live from 6 PM to 10 PM Pacific Time. With the next two hours drawing on local programming. Exclusive shows:

  • On the 7 with Dr. Sean — Hosted by spiritual leader Dr. Sean McMillan, this show takes on the hot topics that effect the black community through insight and faith.
  • The Mike and Donny Show — Hosts: by Mike Hill and Donny Harrell; this talk show addresses today's issues effecting black men and women
  • The Tammi Mac Late Show — Host: Tammi Mac, radio personality; this variety show celebrating black culture
  • Out Loud with Claudia Jordan — Hosted by Claudia Jordan, this talk show provides the perspective of a black woman on issues surrounding dating, beauty, and relationships.
  • Fit and Fab with Elise Neal — Hosted by Elise Neal, this is a weekly show concentrating on fitness, health, and nutrition.
  • One on One with Keyshia Cole — Host: ; in-depth interviews with notable celebrities and entertainers and covers issues facing the black audience.
Local shows:
  • - syndicated entertainment news show
  • Street Soldiers with Lisa Evers - Hip Hop community issues; Host: Lisa Evers
  • Later with Leon - host: Leon Rogers; comedic, news-centric late night show from Chicago
  • The Q
  • Isiah Factor: Uncensored


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