Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a new affiliation agreement with the Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) for WFFT LOCAL in Fort Wayne, Indiana beginning March 1, 2013. In addition to FOX’s popular primetime lineup, viewers in the Fort Wayne area will also have access to their favorite news, local lifestyle and community-focused programming in full HD on WFFT LOCAL, as well as live, interactive content through the FortWayneHomePage.net and Fort Wayne Now web and mobile platforms.
WFFT LOCAL welcomes the return of FOX’s highly-rated primetime programming to its existing menu of award-winning local news and high-quality sports and entertainment offerings valued by viewers in the local Fort Wayne community.
WFFT LOCAL will air FOX’s primetime programming Monday through Saturday from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. as well as the top-rated suite of exclusive FOX Sports programming including the NFL on FOX, Major League Baseball (MLB), NASCAR, and premiere sporting events such as Super Bowl XLVIII, The MLB All Star Game, World Series, and The Daytona 500.
WFFT LOCAL First News at 10, Fort Wayne’s award-winning and only primetime hour-long news program broadcast in full HD, will continue to air at 10:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday immediately following FOX’s primetime lineup. The Locker Room, Fort Wayne’s highly popular and only live weekly sports program will continue to air on WFFT LOCAL at 10:30 p.m. every Friday.Bill Ritchhart, Vice President and General Manager of WFFT LOCAL commented, “We are looking forward to the return of FOX’s programming to WFFT LOCAL where we are committed to providing the most relevant, compelling and informative content and community-focused programming to our viewers. Eighteen months ago we expanded that commitment to our viewers through increased news content, locally-produced programming and significant technical investments upgrading our broadcasts to transform WFFT LOCAL into Fort Wayne’s first fully functional HD platform. We are now proud to expand our commitment once again by bringing back FOX’s exceptional array of primetime, sports and event programming exclusively on WFFT LOCAL. “Our affiliation with FOX combined with our station’s First News at 10 and unique community-focused programming underscores our promise to address the changing dynamics of local viewer interests. In addition, WFFT LOCAL remains focused on providing unparalleled marketing solutions for our advertisers through multiple media platforms.” Jon Hookstratten, Executive Vice President, Broadcast Distribution for the Fox Broadcasting Company said, “We are delighted to bring back Fox Broadcasting’s primetime entertainment and sports programming to WFFT LOCAL and the local Fort Wayne community. Through their efforts and initiatives, Nexstar Broadcasting and the team at WFFT LOCAL launched the market’s first fully functional HD platform and actively worked to establish a strong local brand, unique community programming and award-winning primetime local news. FOX and Nexstar are dedicated to supporting the needs and interests of the greater Fort Wayne viewing community, and we look forward to our partnership in providing highly-rated content to viewers across the station’s reach in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.” FOX’s complete primetime lineup that will be featured on WFFT LOCAL includes: Bones, The Following, Hell’s Kitchen, New Girl, The Mindy Project, American Idol, Raising Hope, Kitchen Nightmares, Touch, Glee, Bob’s Burgers, The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad. For more information and a complete listing of the new programming lineup go to FortWayneHomePage.net. Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., Granite Broadcasting Corporation, WISE-TV, Inc. and WISE-TV License LLC mutually agreed to the settlement of the lawsuit filed by Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. against Granite Broadcasting Corporation, WISE-TV, Inc. and WISE-TV License LLC that is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana with prejudice, without any costs being borne by either party.