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ABC INKS SCRIPPS DEAL

ABC yanked its affiliation in Cincinnati from Citicasters-owned WKRC and inked a 10 year pact with Scripps Howard-owned WCPO, which currently is affiliated with CBS.

The switch in the nation’s 29th-largest market is an aftershock of the affiliate wars among the four networks since Fox struck its landmark affiliation pact with New World Communications in May 1994, which resulted in 12 major market stations affiliating with the weblet.

CBS has approached WKRC about an affiliation deal. While Fox also would seem likely to make a run at WKRC, it is understood that the network likely will opt to remain affiliated with Malrite Broadcasting-owned UHF WXIX Cincinnati. NBC’s home in Cincinnati is secure as the network inked a long-term affiliation deal with Multimedia’s WLWT there.

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