Fox Acquires San Francisco Area TV Stations in Swap with Cox

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Fox is acquiring two San Francisco TV stations in a station-swap agreement with Cox Media Group.

Deal calls for Cox to take over Fox O&Os in Boston and Memphis in exchange for Cox’s KTVU-TV and KICU-TV San Francisco. KTVU is a longtime Fox affil, while KICU is an indie.

The horse trading gives Fox a presence in a larger top 10 TV market, as San Francisco ranks as the nation’s sixth-largest market while Boston ranks as No. 7.

As important to Fox is the fact that San Francisco is home to the NFL’s 49ers, which are part of the NFC conference — the gridiron rights package that Fox carries. In contrast, Boston’s New England Patriots are part of the AFC conference that airs on CBS.

“The addition of KTVU and KICU to our portfolio of owned-and-operated stations provides us with a compelling growth opportunity in a top-10 market,” said Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations. “Our stations group will benefit from both the strong demographics of the Bay area market as well as the alignment with our package of sports rights.”

WFXT-TV Boston and WHBQ-TV Memphis will remain Fox affils as part of the deal. Boston will be come Cox’s largest TV market after it exits San Francisco, followed by Atlanta and Houston.


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  1. Drakkon3113 says:

    As a result of this transaction, the only NFC markets left where FOX does not have an O&O are Charlotte (Carolina Panthers), Green Bay, New Orleans and Seattle

    • Drakkon3113 says:

      Correction to previous post..Saint Louis (not Charlotte) is the other NFC market without an O&O. FOX purchased affiliate in Charlotte in 2013.

  2. Fcorona says:

    Neither of these stations is in San Francisco, one is in Oakland and the other in San Jose.

  3. Des says:

    I am glad that Fox will be exiting Boston, but feel sorry for the people of San Francisco that KTVU will become Fox-owned.

  4. KTVU was a GREAT station before the Fox network started. Fox killed many great independent stations.

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