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|Fort Wayne, Indiana
|Branding||The CW Fort Wayne (general)
Indiana's NewsCenter (news)
|Slogan||The CW Television Network For Northeast Indiana (general)
24/7 News Source (news)
|Channels||Digital: WPTA-DT 24.2 (UHF)|
|Affiliations||The CW (via The CW Plus)|
|Owner||Malara Broadcast Group
(operated through LMA by Granite Broadcasting Corporation; sale to Quincy Newspapers pending)
(Malara Broadcast Group of Fort Wayne Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||late-1998|
|Former callsigns||"WBFW" (1998–2006)|
|Former affiliations||The WB (1998–2006, via The WB 100+)|
|Transmitter power||335 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WPTA-DT2, virtual channel 21.2 (UHF digital channel 24.2), is a CW-affiliated television station located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States. It operates as a second digital subchannel of ABC affiliate WPTA (channel 21), which is owned by the Malara Broadcast Group and operated through a local marketing agreement (LMA) by the Granite Broadcasting Corporation. Known on-air as Fort Wayne CW, the subchannel's network and syndicated programming is supplied by The CW Plus. Its parent station's studios and transmitter are located on Butler Road in Northwestern Fort Wayne. WPTA-DT2 is available on Verizon FiOS channel 6, Comcast channel 19 and on Mediacom channel 7 in outlying areas.
The channel's history traces back to the late-1998 launch of "WBFW", an affiliate of The WB 100+ Station Group, a group of cable-only channels affiliated with The WB Television Network. Since it was cable-exclusive and therefore not licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, the channel's call letters were used in a fictional manner. It was managed and promoted by WPTA, which at the time was owned by the Granite Broadcasting Corporation outright. When that station's license was transferred to Granite partner company, the Malara Broadcast Group in 2005, "WBFW" became managed by the company.
On January 24, 2006, Time Warner and CBS Corporation announced that the two companies would shut down The WB and UPN and combine the networks' respective programming to create a new "fifth" network called The CW. One month later on February 22, News Corporation announced the launch of a new "sixth" network called MyNetworkTV, which would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created to compete against The CW as well as to give UPN and WB stations that would not become CW affiliates another option besides converting to independent stations.
In March 2006, The CW announced that "WBFW" would become the network's Fort Wayne affiliate as part of The CW Plus (a similar small-market master feed to The WB 100+). WPTA decided to create a new second digital subchannel to simulcast "WBFW" and offer access to CW programming for over-the-air viewers. Meanwhile on September 5, WISE-TV moved NBC Weather Plus from its second digital subchannel in order for it to become the area's affiliate of MyNetworkTV. Weather Plus then began airing on WISE-DT3. On September 18, The CW debuted on "WBFW" which officially began using the WPTA-DT2 calls. The move resulted in the deactivation of CBS affiliate WANE-TV (channel 15)'s second digital subchannel, which had been affiliated with UPN prior to the network's shutdown (and remained dark until it affiliated with TheCoolTV in 2011).
With the September 2006 affiliation switch to MyNetworkTV on WISE-DT2 and the addition of CW programming on WPTA's second digital subchannel, the former subchannel's primetime newscast (known as Indiana's NewsCenter Prime News) – which had earlier launched on July 24, 2006 on WISE-DT2 – began to be simulcast on WPTA-DT2. The simulcast of the half-hour 10 p.m. newscast was dropped in September 2011, replaced by syndicated programming supplied by the national CW Plus feed.
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- FortWaynesCW.com - The CW Fort Wayne official website
- IndianasNewsCenter.com - Indiana's NewsCenter official website