KSWB-TV 5/69 in San Diego plans to shift its network affiliation from the Columbia-Warner Television Network, known as The CW, to Fox at the end of August.
KSWB, which is owned by the Chicago-based Tribune Co., said March 23 that it will start the 2008-09 season with Fox’s NFL coverage, as well as its prime-time lineup of programming, including “House,” “American Idol” and “24.”
According to Randy Michaels, who has headed Tribune’s Internet and broadcast operations since December, the company will add three to four hours of news per day to KSWB’s lineup.
Meanwhile, XETV-TV Channel 6, which is based in Tijuana and owned by Grupo Televisa, is losing its Fox affiliation.
Jon Hookstratten, executive vice president of distribution for the Fox network, says that chief among Fox’s gains in the affiliation switch is that the network will be collaborating with a station that has a transmitter in San Diego, the nation’s 27th largest TV market, rather than working with a station situated in another country.
“It’s more of a stable situation,” Hookstratten said.
There was no mention of whether KSWB would change its call letters.
, Connie Lewis