ZOOK got ZOOKED. Could be MORE affiliations LOSES!
The move by Fox to jerk its network affiliations in Evansville, IN and move to new partners in those markets is reverberating through the TV industry. Nowhere is the question of continued Fox affiliations more top of mind than at Nexstar Broadcasting which have other Fox stations besides those which just lost their affiliations.
Normally, very talkative and bragadousish and accessible Nexstar CEO Perry Sook hasn’t responded to either an email or phone call from The media. In addition to WTVW-TV Evansville, which is losing its Fox affiliation, Nexstar owns or manages 14 other Fox stations in markets ranging from #74 Springfield, MO, to #171 Utica, NY. It’s believed Nexstar has been negotiation all of the affiliations with Fox as a single package. Just hours before the Evansville switch was announced by Fox, Sook had indicated in his quarterly Wall Street conference call that talks were ongoing, but that nothing had changed from the previous quarter.