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Fox Affiliate Switch in Works for Charlotte

UPDATED: Plans are afoot for Fox to take over the Fox
affiliation in Charlotte on the heels of its acquisition of WJZY-WYMT Charlotte
Jan. 28, flipping the affiliation to one of the newly acquired stations.

That means WCCB, part of Bahakel Communications, will split
from the Fox affiliates family as of July 1. WCCB had been a Fox affiliate since the network launched in 1986, said Jim Babb, executive VP and COO at Bahakel. He added that Fox often held up WCCB as a "poster child" for good affiliate relations, and said he was disappointed to get the news from Fox Jan. 28. "We are actively engaged in looking for viable alternatives," he says.

Capitol Broadcasting agreed to sell WJZY-WYMT, a
CW-MyNetworkTV duo, to Fox. The deal awaits regulatory approval. Fox parent
News Corp. declined comment on its plans for Charlotte.

One option for WCCB is to pick up the affiliation vacated
when Fox reassigns its affiliation to one of its new acquisitions in Charlotte.

Shawn Harris, general manager at WJZY-WYMT, said nothing was
confirmed from Fox, yet, about an affiliation switch. "When you put two
and two together, you have to believe that at some point, one of the stations
will become a Fox affiliate," he said.

Michael Malone
Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.