KGET-DT2

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KGET-DT2
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United States Bakersfield, California
Branding Bakersfield's CW
Channels Digital: 25 (UHF, KGET-DT 17.2)
Affiliations The CW
Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
Founded 1998
First air date September 21, 1998
Call letters' meaning see KGET-TV
Former affiliations The WB (1998-2006)
Website Bakersfield's CW

KGET-DT2 (formerly known by the fictional callsign "KWFB") is the The CW affiliate for the Bakersfield, California DMA. A sister station to NBC affiliate KGET-TV, the station is part of The CW Plus.

The KWFB call sign was fictional, as the original "KWFB" was cable-only (Bakersfield cable 12) and not a licenced over-the-air broadcaster. Like many US cable-only stations with fictional WBxx or KWxx calls, KWFB was part of the The WB 100+ Station Group from its start in 1998 until the network ceased operations in September 2006, merging with UPN to form the new network The CW. Prior to the launch of the cable channel, residents in the Bakersfield market were only able to receive WB network programming on cable via the network's Los Angeles affiliate KTLA or via Chicago-based superstation WGN on both cable and satellite.

The fate of the CW in the Bakersfield market remained unknown until just days before The CW was scheduled to launch, when Clear Channel Communications (the owner of KGET at the time) obtained the rights to The CW Plus affiliation for the Bakersfield market on a new digital subchannel of KGET. Former local UPN affiliate KUVI-TV affiliated with MyNetworkTV.

On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations unit, including parent station KGET, to the private equity firm Providence Equity Partners.[1] However, Providence Equity Partners owns a 19 percent share of the Spanish-language media company Univision, the owner of MyNetworkTV affiliate KUVI-TV. In addition, with only five full-power stations, Bakersfield does not have enough to legally support a co-owned duopoly operation. As a result, the Federal Communications Commission granted conditional approval of the sale, provided that Providence Equity Partners divest either KGET or its stake in Univision as soon as the deal was finalized. That happened on March 14, 2008.

In May 2008, Newport Television agreed to sell KGET and five other stations to High Plains Broadcasting, Inc. due to the aforementioned ownership conflict.[2] The sale closed on September 15, 2008;[3] Newport continues to operate KGET, and thus KGET-DT2, under a shared services agreement.[2] Newport agreed to sell KGET (and hence KGET-DT2) and sister Telemundo affiliate KKEY-LP, as well as KGPE in Fresno, California, to Nexstar Broadcasting Group on November 5, 2012.[4] The sale was finalized on February 19, 2013.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clear Channel Agrees to Sell Television Station Group to Providence Equity Partners" (Press release). Clear Channel Communications. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Newport stations drift to High Plains". Television Business Report. 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  4. ^ "Nexstar Adding Stations In CA, VT". TVNewsCheck. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/65597/nexstar-closes-on-three-calif-stations

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