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Par adds 2 more affils to fifth-network stable

Paramount has added two more affiliates in San Diego and Louisville, Ky., to its fifth-network lineup, bringing its total to 33 in 45% of the U.S.

The additions to the jointly owned Par/Chris-Craft Television weblet are KUSI in San Diego (the nation’s 24th-largest market) and WFTE, a recent start-up independent in Louisville (No. 49).

Par officials, meanwhile, are still contemplating a course of action in Philadelphia.

The studio was planning to use its current Fox affil, WTXF, as a fifth-network outlet after Fox struck a deal to buy Combined Broadcasting-owned rival WGBS.

When the deal between Fox and Combined fell through (Daily Variety, Feb. 12), Par considered striking a deal with WGBS. But rumors persist that Fox and WGBS could eventually revive their agreement, leaving the Par net in limbo in the nation’s fourth-largest market.

Although sources close to Par claim to be close to deals in other markets, the weblet has yet to announce pacts with such key indies as ABRY Communications’ WNUV-TV in Baltimore and WSTR-TV in Cincinnati.

A number of potential affiliates were waiting to see how the Par takeover battle turned out.

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