WLUK parent exercising option to purchase WIWB

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WIWB (CW14)
It's been mere months since LIN Media, the parent company of Green Bay FOX affiliate WLUK, entered into a shared services agreement with ACME Communications, the owner of CW affiliate WIWB.

Now LIN is exercising an option in the agreement to purchase the struggling station and "certain assets" of Dayton, Ohio station WBDT for a combined price of $11.5 million.

LIN is expected to file for reassignment of the WIWB broadcast license in the next three weeks, exercising what is known as a "failing station waiver" to circumvent FCC rules preventing a company from operating a duopoly in a given market.  The same rules have prevented WGBA parent Journal Communications from purchasing My Network TV affiliate WACY in the Green Bay.  To purchase the station under the failing station waiver, LIN must prove that WIWB would have otherwise become economically non-viable or would have otherwise shut down.

ACME is trying to dispose of its TV station assets, and entered into the shared services agreement with LIN back in June.  Since falling under WLUK's wing, WIWB has undergone rebranding as "CW14" and new call letters are being explored.

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It's now official. Fox 11 is

It's now official. Fox 11 is their Daddy and the new call letters are WCWF, (Wisconsin CW Fourteen). They moved their little broadcast studio from the stripmall in Ashwaubenon to the Fox 11 studio on Lombardi. There are many improvements such as most of the shows are now broadcast in high-def on WCWF. Whenever Fox news gets pre-empted such as baseball or football playoffs you will see Fox 11 news broadcast on 14 such as tonight at 9PM. I imagine if they have any transmitter problems or repairs on 11 they will broadcast on channel 14 in a heartbeat. That's good and good to know they have no intentions of shutting them down and only want to enhance 14 by making it more of a local station. Good Job Fox 11 and Jay!

 

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