Around the Dial: Network Moves in Michigan
December 22, 2023
Nexstar Media Group has announced a new CW network affiliate in the Grand Rapids market. The CW will move from Sinclair's WWMT-TVDT2 to a digital subchannel of Nexstar's WOTV-TV. Nexstar Media Group owns 75% of the CW Television Network. Two other Nexstar stations in the U.S. will also serve as the new home of the CW in their respective markets. “The addition of CW programming to these Nexstar-owned stations will bring the number of Nexstar and partner-owned CW affiliates to 45, covering more than 39% of U.S. TV Households,” said Andrew Alford, president of Nexstar’s broadcasting division. “As The CW’s No. 1 affiliate group, we are very pleased to be taking this step, especially as several new entertainment shows get set to premier and ACC college basketball moves deeper into its season — WWE NXT in fall 2024 also will be a big hit. As a result, our CW-affiliated stations will be able to offer advertisers even more opportunities to reach viewers.”
And, replacing "Heros and Icons" on 10.7 is the Outlaw Television Network. Outlaw is also a new network described as "From John Wayne to Clint Eastwood... and Randolph Scott to Kevin Costner... there’s a fresh destination to watch iconic and legendary western movies and TV series."
Both "The365" and Outlaw are operated by a new programming entity, Free TV Networks.