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The CW moving to WPWR Chicago, WGN-TV to go independent

Started by KyL416, May 24, 2016, 06:17:59 AM



The CW Affiliation in Chicago to Transfer to Fox from

Tribune Broadcasting Beginning Sept. 1, 2016

NEW YORK, N.Y. AND CHICAGO, ILL. – May 23, 2016 –  The CW Network has signed an affiliation agreement with the Fox Television Station's Chicago station WPWR-TV, to take effect Sept. 1, 2016.

Running the Network in pattern, with almost no preemptions, WPWR-TV will become The CW affiliate in Chicago, serving as the local home to the Network's diverse array of critically acclaimed primetime programming and distinct brand identity. WGN-TV will become an independent station in Chicago.

"We are very excited to partner with WPWR, our new CW home in Chicago, where Chicagoans can continue to enjoy The CW's popular, critically-acclaimed primetime programming," said Chris Brooks, Senior Vice President, Network Distribution, The CW. "The CW has continued to gain momentum over the past few seasons with award-winning series like JANE THE VIRGIN and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, and its most-watched series ever in THE FLASH, and our new relationship with WPWR is a terrific opportunity to continue that growing momentum with viewers in Chicago."

Frank Cicha, Senior Vice President of Programming of FOX Television Stations, stated, "We love high quality, big budget first-run prime and we love having more original programming. But most of all, we love moving to The CW the same time as Supergirl."

About The CW:

THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, made its debut on September 20, 2006 as America's fifth broadcast network, and is the youngest skewing network, targeting a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The CW offers a five-night, 10-hour primetime lineup that runs Monday through Friday. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block, and a five-hour Saturday morning kids block. For more information, visit

About FOX Television Stations:

FOX Television Stations is one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 28 stations in 17 markets and covering over 37% of U.S. television homes.  This includes seven duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte.