WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit owner E.W. Scripps buying WMYD-TV 20 Detroit
A second television duopoly is on the way in the Detroit market with today's announcement that E.W. Scripps, already the owner of ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7, is purchasing MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYD-TV Ch. 20 from Granite Broadcasting as part of a deal that also includes ABC affiliate WKBW-TV Ch. 7 in Buffalo, NY. Sale price for WMYD and WKBW is $110 million in cash.
"These two stations are a terrific fit for our TV portfolio," said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television for E.W. Scripps. "We love doing business in Detroit. WXYZ is one of our most important TV stations, and our ability to marry it with the MyNetworkTV station allows us to extend our commitment to that market and continue the conversation and the passion driving the renaissance of this great American city."
The pending WXYZ/WMYD duopoly will join an existing duopoly in Detroit made up of CBS-owned WWJ-TV Ch. 62 (CBS) and WKBD-TV Ch. 50 (CW). Adding WMYD will give Scripps more flexibility to carry more of its own programming in the market with shows such as Let's Ask America, The List, and RightThisMinute along with news programming from WXYZ. Channel 7 currently carries Minute at 12:30 p.m. and America at 7:30 p.m. weekdays.
WMYD, which currently broadcasts a 30-minute newscast at 10 p.m. that is produced by one of Granite's TV stations in Fort Wayne, IN, will likely see changes in that timeslot in the near future with the distinct possibility that WXYZ will look to bring its own news show on the air at 10 p.m. on Channel 20 to compete directly with FOX's WJBK-TV Channel 2. WXYZ at one time produced a relatively short-lived 10 p.m. newscast for WKBD prior to that station's move into full CBS ownership.
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