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#1 Jonathan Bryant

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 11:29 PM

This just in:

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Warner Brothers and CBS Corp. announced plans Tuesday for the creation of a new broadcast television network, called CW, that would replace the WB and UPN networks in the fall of this year.

The new broadcast network will draw on programming from both WB and UPN, and will be a joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS (Research), with each company owning 50 percent, officials of both companies said. (The "C" stands for CBS, the "W" is for Warner.)
WB's 'Gilmore Girls' will be one of the shows on the new CW network, officials said.
WB's 'Gilmore Girls' will be one of the shows on the new CW network, officials said.
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"This new network will serve the public with high-quality programming and maintain our ongoing commitment to our diverse audience," said Les Moonves, the chairman of CBS, in a statement (see video).

Prime time programming will target the profitable 18-34 age group, officials of Warner and CBS said.

The new network will broadcast such UPN shows as "America's Next Top Model" and "Veronica Mars," as well as WB programs "Beauty and the Geek" and "Smallville."

In addition, World Wrestling Entertainment's "Smackdown," which has been a mainstay at UPN, is expected to play a role in the schedule. The new fall line up is expected to be announced in May.

UPN and the WB have struggled to attract viewers from the four established networks since they were launched in the mid-1990s. But each has its strengths.

The WB has had some hits throughout its history, particularly with younger audiences, having done well lately with shows such as "Smallville" and "Gilmore Girls."

UPN has recently gained some critical acclaim and strong ratings for its sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," which airs on Thursday nights and fared well against shows such as NBC's "Joey" and Fox's "The O.C."

Both networks will cease operations in September, broadcasting their respective network schedules independently until then.

Dawn Ostroff, currently president of UPN, will become president of entertainment, and John Maatta, currently chief operating officer of the WB, will become chief operating officer of the CW.

The new network will employ a lot of the same people, "but there will be one person where there used to be two," said James Goss, an analyst with Barrington Research, suggesting that there may be more executive jumbling throughout CW in the works.

Warner Brothers Entertainment is a division of Time Warner (Research), as is CNNMoney.com.

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For more from Les Moonves on the formation of CW Network, click here.

--CNNMoney.com senior writer Paul La Monica contributed to this report.
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:27 AM

Well I am a creative producer for Equity Broadcasting, we have UPNs and WBs accross the US. Are home is here in Little Rock, Arkansas where we have the WB and Clear channel has the UPN? So the question here is who will get it us or Clear channel.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:52 AM

Well I am a creative producer for Equity Broadcasting, we have UPNs and WBs accross the US. Are home is here in Little Rock, Arkansas where we have the WB and Clear channel has the UPN? So the question here is who will get it us or Clear channel.

http://www.ebcorp.net/
http://www.wb42.com/
http://www.upn38tv.com/Default.aspx

Not sure, here is the list of confirmed CW affiliates:
Market# Market Station Currently Ownership
1 New York, New York WPIX-TV WB Tribune
2 Los Angeles, California KTLA-TV WB Tribune
3 Chicago, Illinois WGN-TV WB Tribune
4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania WPSG UPN CBS Corporation
5 Boston, Massachusetts WLVI-TV WB Tribune
6 San Francisco, California KBHK UPN CBS Corporation
7 Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas KDAF-TV WB Tribune
8 Washington, DC WBDC-TV WB Tribune
9 Atlanta, Georgia WUPA UPN CBS Corporation
10 Houston, Texas KHWB WB Tribune
11 Detroit, Michigan WKBD UPN CBS Corporation
12 Tampa Bay, Florida WTOG UPN CBS Corporation
13 Seattle-Tacoma, Washington KSTW UPN CBS Corporation
17 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida WBZL-TV WB Tribune
18 Denver, Colorado KWGN WB Tribune
19 Sacramento, California KMAX-TV UPN CBS Corporation
21 St. Louis, Missouri KPLR-TV WB Tribune
22 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania WNPA UPN CBS Corporation
23 Portland, Oregon KWBP WB Tribune
25 Indianapolis, Indiana WTTV WB Tribune
26 San Diego, California KSWB WB Tribune
28 Waterbury-Hartford, Connecticut WTXX WB Tribune
38 West Palm Beach, Florida WTVX UPN CBS Corporation
42 Portsmouth-Norfolk, Virginia WGNT UPN CBS Corporation
43 New Orleans, Louisiana WNOL WB Tribune
45 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma KAUT UPN CBS Corporation, en route to New York Times
51 Providence, Rhode Island WLWC UPN/WB CBS Corporation
55 Albany, New York WEWB-TV WB Tribune
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 03:11 PM

well here is a press releaase from us that addresses some of this

RTN TO LAUNCH FIRST ORIGINAL PROGRAM STARING ROBIN LEACH
RTN announced today that beginning September 1, 2006 it will provide affiliates with original programming in prime-time with its first show staring Robin Leach.

The currently untitled program will air live Monday-Friday at 8P Eastern Time and will be based on entertainment, variety, talk, comedy as well as musical acts.

RTN President Neal Ardman said, ?We are thrilled to have star power like Robin Leach in this original show.? Ardman also said, ?We have been in talks and the planning stages of this show for several months now. With the recent void left for many stations in light of the recent merger of The WB and UPN, we feel the timing for this show couldn?t be better. We are committed to providing programming for those stations.?

Robin Leach said, ?This is a very exciting project that will also give viewers the opportunity to talk live to their favorite stars. Vegas with its glitz and glamour is the perfect location ? literally Hollywood?s backyard playground and has a never ending list of top entertainers either calling it home or coming in to star in shows.? Leach went on to say, ?We?ll bring the incredible excitement of the world?s #1 resort destination to television like nothing ever before.?

RTN is currently seen in the following markets: Buffalo, NY; Salt Lake City, UT; Las Vegas, NV; Denver, CO; Little Rock, AR; St. Louis, MO; Spokane, WA. RTN announced earlier this week that it has signed station WGMU in Burlington, VT to a three year deal starting September 1, 2006.

For more information on the network please contact Neal Ardman at 501-219-2400. To schedule an interview with Robin Leach contact Kristy Kachtik at 501-219-2400.
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Some of there stations were UPNs
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