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Update on Jackson, MS new FOX Station
Posted 16 July 2003 - 08:47 PM
Well, I just got some very interesting information from the new owners of the WB and UPN stations. Jackson Television, LLC bought out WDBD-TV and WXMS-LP from Pegasus Television earlier this year. Apparently, the new owners are busy on a project. According to the website for these two stations:
FOX is coming to Jackson soon. Needless to say, I was curious. After emailing the Senior Station Engineer, I found out the following:
Jackson Television bought a construction permit from KB Prime Media (which Pegasus had exclusive rights to) to build a tower for channel 35 in Edwards (halfway between Jackson and Vicksburg) to broadcast 5 million watts. Pegasus HAD planned to build the tower and broadcast a full power signal for WXMS, the UPN affiliate starting in 2002. Apparently, they backed out of this, probably because UPN wasn't getting enough audience to justify the increase in power.
The new company is in the process of building the tower now. Once it is built and tested, it will become Jackson's FOX 35 instead.
I have no information on call letters or an expected launch date, but it sounds like they are trying to get the station active as quickly as possible. I have sent an email asking for more detail, so there may be more information coming soon.
The sale was announced in April and money exchanged hands in May, so they may have been working on the tower for a couple of months now.
Posted 16 July 2003 - 08:52 PM
Posted 16 July 2003 - 10:31 PM
Posted 17 July 2003 - 09:04 PM
Posted 18 July 2003 - 01:23 AM
Posted 18 July 2003 - 03:27 PM
In looking at all FCC documents relating to the Construction Permit for Channel 35 licensed to Vicksburg, I found a document called Attributable Broadcasting Interests (in plain English, it states what other tv stations the new entity partially or completely owns).
It turns out that Sheldon H. Galloway owns 30% of Mississippi Television, LLC (aka Jackson Television, LLC) and has 100% voting control. This is the company that bought the permit, WDBD and WXMS. White Knight Broadcasting is 100% owned by Sheldon as well. White Knight owns about a dozen stations in TX and LA, including WNTZ FOX48 in Natchez.
His people apparently decided that building the tower in Edwards would be better than moving WNTZ, which makes good sense. I wonder when they plan to cancel their construction permit for the tower location near Port Gibson.
Posted 22 July 2003 - 10:27 PM
Posted 23 July 2003 - 08:40 AM
Posted 25 July 2003 - 06:52 AM
Will D* and E* make sure to work out the retransmission agreement with Jackson Television before WFXZ goes on air to ensure a smooth transition from FoxNet(D*) and Fox Atlanta(E*)?
Posted 25 July 2003 - 09:23 AM
Posted 21 August 2003 - 10:19 AM
The new FOX station now has calls WUFX, according to the website for Jackson Television, LLC. Also, rumors have it that the station will become active on September 1.
Has anyone heard whether or not E* or D* have secured retransmission consent on the new station? Just curious.