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WTEV/WAWS get ready to change call letters…

(portions from – Sunday is the day Jacksonville FOX affiliate WAWS officially becomes WFOX and CBS affiliate WTEV becomes WJAX, both Cox Media and Bayshore Television have announced.

Changing the call letters to WFOX-TV better represents FOX30 with the FOX TV network,” WAWS-WTEV VP and GM Jim Zerwekh said in a statement. “FOX30 has historically and continues to be one of the top 10 performing FOX TV affiliates in the country.”

“Changing the call letters to WJAX-TV better identifies the strengths and ties of CBS 47 to the Jacksonville market,” said Bruce Baker managing partner of Bayshore Television….Cont….

Notice to new logo’s for WJAX and WFOX (right). Sources tell Florida News Center to look for more visual changes after the call letter change. Stay tuned…

//hattip to FTVLive

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09 2014

WTEV & WAWS submit to change call letters…

As Florida News Center reported back in May of this year, Cox Media, the owners of WTEV and WAWS announced that they were making some drastic changes at the Jacksonville duopoly. Those changes included clearing out the entire lead PM and AM anchor team and “starting over from scratch.” Well, along with that story came reports that the station”s” would see other changes as well, which were not reported at the time.

Earlier today, reported that those changes were also to include a change to the station’s call letters. Cox applied to the FCC for a call letter change last month, to switch WTEV-TV to WJAX-TV and WAWS-TV to WFOX-TV.

Sources tell Florida News Center to expect even more changes to come…just in time for the November books. Stay tuned…

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08 2014

Cox closes on Jacksonville duopoly…

(from – Cox Media Group (CMG) announced Monday that it had closed on its purchase of four stations in two markets from Newport Television. The sale was part of some $1 billion in station sales announced in July by Newport, owned by Providence Equity Partners.

CMG has added to its portfolio Fox affiliate WAWS and the operations of CBS affiliate WTEV Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 50), and Fox affiliate KOKI and MNT outlet KMYT Tulsa, Okla. (DMA 59).

CMG paid $235 million to Newport and assigned to Bayshore Television LLC, headed by veteran broadcaster Bruce Baker, the right to buy certain assets of WTEV, including the FCC license, for $18,011,058. CMG will provide services to WTEV, which Bayshore has acquired from High Plains Broadcasting, continuing a relationship in Jacksonville which had existed between Newport and High Plains…..Cont…..

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12 2012

WTEV/WAWS & WPMI/WJTC sold in a $1 Billion deal…

(edited from – Confirming a Wall Street Journal story yesterday, Newport Television today announced that it is selling 22 of its 27 full-power stations to three buyers — Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Cox Media Group — for a total of approximately $1 billion.

Providence Equity Partners, the private equity firm that owns Newport, announced last March it was looking to unload the station group. It bought the stations from Clear Channel Communications in 2007 for just over $1.1 billion

Cox Media Group comes out with four stations in two markets, including Jacksonville’s WTEV-TV and WAWS-TV, for an undisclosed price.

Sinclair Broadcast Group is getting six stations in five markets, including Mobile/Pensacola’s WPMI-TV and WJTC-TV, for $412.5 million….Cont….



07 2012