WEEK-TV

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WEEK-TV
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Peoria/BloomingtonNormal, Illinois
United States
CityPeoria, Illinois
BrandingWEEK (general; letters spelled out)
Heart of Illinois ABC (on DT2)
Peoria-Bloomington CW
(on DT3)
25 News (newscasts on DT1)
Heart of Illinois ABC News (newscasts on DT2)
SloganHello, Illinois! (general)
Local. Social. (on DT2)
Your Home Team (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
Affiliations25.1: NBC
25.2: ABC
25.3: CW+
25.4: Ion Television
OwnerQuincy Media
(WEEK License, LLC)
First air dateFebruary 1, 1953 (66 years ago) (1953-02-01)
Call letters' meaningDerived from former sister station WEEK-AM (now WOAM)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
43 (UHF, 1953–1964)
25 (UHF, 1964–2009)
Digital:
57 (UHF, 2003–2009)
Former affiliationsNBC Weather Plus (2004–2008)
AccuWeather (2008–2014)
(all on DT2)
Transmitter power246 kW
Height211.6 m (694 ft)
ClassDT
Facility ID24801
Transmitter coordinates40°37′46.3″N 89°32′52.5″W / 40.629528°N 89.547917°W / 40.629528; -89.547917
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.week.com
www.hoiabc.com
WEEK-DT3 "Peoria-Bloomington CW"

WEEK-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 25, is an NBC/ABC/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Peoria, Illinois, United States and serving the North-Central Illinois television market. The station's studios and transmitter are located on Springfield Road (along I-474) in East Peoria, a section of Groveland Township, Tazewell County. Owned by Quincy Media, it formerly operated and shared its facility with then-ABC affiliate (now Comet owned-and-operated station) WHOI (channel 19, owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group) through joint sales and shared services agreements until those agreements were terminated on October 1, 2016. WEEK-TV then took over its ABC and CW+ affiliations permanently on its second and third digital subchannels.

History[edit]

WEEK-TV began transmitting on February 1, 1953, with an analog signal on UHF channel 43. It has always been an NBC affiliate. It was owned and operated by the Oklahoma City-based Oklahoma Publishing Company along with WEEK radio (1350 AM now WOAM) through its broadcasting subsidiary, West Central Broadcasting Company. Edward K. Gaylord was president, and the chairman of the board was United States Senator, former governor of Oklahoma and founder of the Kerr-McGee Corporation Robert S. Kerr. Wayne Lovely, the first chief engineer of WEEK-AM-TV, supervised the construction of the stations' technical facilities and equipment installation in 1953. He remained with the station until 1974.

On November 7, 1957, WEEQ-TV in La Salle launched as a full-time satellite of WEEK-TV with the aim of increasing its signal reach.[1] [2] The UHF channel 35 allocation was most recently used for Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) affiliate WWTO-TV, which later broadcast digitally on very high frequency (VHF) channel 10, retaining the virtual channel 35 via PSIP. In 1964, the station switched from channel 43 to channel 25, where it remained until its analog signal shut down on February 17, 2009.[2]

The channel 43 allocation was later moved from Peoria to Bloomington and used by the second incarnation of WBLN starting in 1982 (now the Fox affiliate WYZZ-TV).[2] In 1966, Kansas City Southern Industries purchased WEEK-TV and WEEQ-TV from OPUBCO, around the same time it acquired KRCG in Jefferson City, Missouri. The new owner then shut down WEEQ-TV in the early-1970s.

In 1985, Kansas City Southern Industries sold both its stations to Price Communications. On October 31, 1988, WEEK-TV and fellow NBC outlet KBJR-TV of Superior, Wisconsin, became the two founding stations of the Granite Broadcasting Corporation. In 1997, WEEK-TV bought the broadcasting license for 98.5 in Eureka, giving it the call sign WEEK-FM and the nickname "Oldies 98.5". Granite Broadcasting divested itself of the radio station, now WPIA, in 1999. WEEK has broadcast exclusively in digital since February 17, 2009.[3]

On March 2, 2009, WEEK-TV took over operations of rival WHOI, then owned by Barrington Broadcasting, through joint sales and shared services agreements. This resulted in WHOI closing its longtime studios on North Stewart Street in Creve Coeur and sharing WEEK-TV's East Peoria facility.[4] As a result of the consolidation, all five of Peoria's full-powered commercial television stations are now operated by two entities. Granite-owned CBS affiliate WTVH in Syracuse, New York, (WHOI's original call letters) also saw its operations merge with Barrington-owned NBC affiliate WSTM-TV and low-powered CW affiliate WSTQ-LP the same day. WSTM, however, is the senior partner in the arrangement with WTVH.[5]

On February 11, 2014, Quincy-based Quincy Newspapers announced it would acquire WEEK-TV; KBJR-TV; WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York; and Malara Broadcasting-owned WPTA in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from Granite Broadcasting. Quincy initially intended to provide continued services to WHOI, but Sinclair (having just completed its acquisition of Barrington Broadcasting in November 2013) gave notice that the JSA/SSA between WHOI and WEEK-TV, originally set to expire in March 2017, would be terminated within nine months of the completion of Quincy's purchase of WEEK-TV. On September 30, 2015, the FCC approved Quincy's purchase of WEEK, and the sale was completed on November 2, nearly two years after the agreement was announced.[6] [7]

Through a separate joint sales agreement, WEEK-TV also controlled the market's MyNetworkTV outlet WAOE through the end of 2014. The station, owned by Four Seasons Broadcasting, was then based out of the Springfield Road studios. For a time, the facility also hosted some internal operations (e.g. programming log maintenance) for WBQD-LP, another Four Seasons-owned MyNetworkTV outlet (now WQAD-DT3). The station was controlled through a local marketing agreement with the Quad Cities' ABC affiliate, WQAD-TV (then owned by Local TV; currently owned by Tribune Broadcasting), maintaining the majority of day-to-day operations in the big three affiliate's studios in Moline, Illinois.

Following a retransmission consent dispute, Dish Network dropped WEEK-TV from its lineup on August 29, 2018.[8] By October 12, Quincy had reached a new agreement with Dish wherein the satellite provider would resume carrying WEEK-TV.[9]

Subchannels[edit]

WEEK-DT2[edit]

WEEK-DT2 is the ABC-affiliated second digital subchannel of WEEK-TV, broadcasting in 720p high definition on virtual and UHF channel 25.2.

History[edit]

WEEK-DT2 was launched on November 15, 2004, as an affiliate of NBC Weather Plus, a 24-hour weather channel that provides local forecasts for certain areas. In December 2008, after NBC Weather Plus shut down, it affiliated with The Local AccuWeather Channel, and continued to do so until it went silent in 2014, thus ending the subchannel's run as a 24/7 weather affiliate.

On July 26, 2016, Quincy Media announced that it had acquired WHOI's ABC and CW affiliations from Sinclair, and would consolidate them onto subchannels of WEEK beginning August 1, 2016.[10] As an aspect of this deal, Quincy-owned WSJV in South Bend similarly relinquished its Fox affiliation to Sinclair-owned WSBT-TV.[11] With that, WEEK-DT2 returned to the air as an ABC affiliate. The ABC and CW subchannels were simulcast on WHOI for 60 days following the consolidation.[12] The JSA between WHOI and WEEK, which had been running since March 2009, was terminated on October 1, 2016, at which point WHOI moved its Comet TV affiliation from its 19.3 subchannel to its main 19.1 channel, thereby taking the 19.2 and 19.3 subchannels dark, and WEEK-DT2 became the sole ABC affiliate for the Peoria television market.[13] Originally, WEEK-DT2 carried the "HOI ABC" branding. In October 2017, WEEK-DT2 lengthened its branding to "Heart of Illinois ABC".

WEEK-DT3[edit]

WEEK-DT3 is the CW+-affiliated third digital subchannel of WEEK-TV, broadcasting in 720p high definition on virtual and UHF channel 25.3.

WEEK-DT4[edit]

WEEK-DT4 is the Ion Television-affiliated fourth digital subchannel of WEEK-TV, broadcasting in standard definition on virtual and UHF channel 25.4.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [14]
25.1 1080i 16:9 WEEKNBC Main WEEK-TV programming / NBC
25.2 720p WEEKABC WEEK-DT2 / ABC
25.3 WEEKCW Peoria-Bloomington CW
25.4 480i WEEKION Ion Television

News operation[edit]

On June 5, 2006, WEEK-TV established a news share agreement with WAOE. The arrangement resulted in this station debuting a weeknight-only prime time newscast on the latter. Known as News 25 at Nine on My 59, the show could be seen for thirty minutes and offered competition to another weeknight half-hour production airing at the same time on WYZZ (produced by CBS affiliate WMBD-TV). WYZZ once aired a weekend edition of its newscast but this was dropped at some point. WAOE also provides a simulcast of WEEK-TV's weekday morning show (except for the first thirty-minute portion at 4:30: a.m.). After the JSA expired at the end of 2014, all WEEK-TV news programming was dropped from WAOE.

In March 2009, after becoming operated by WEEK-TV, WHOI shut down its separate news department and merged it with the NBC outlet. A new secondary set was built at the Springfield Road studios for use by WHOI to produce separate newscasts. That station let go of most of its production and newscast personnel but added four on-air personalities to WEEK-TV's news team—three of whom are still employed by WEEK-TV today. WHOI dropped its own weeknight newscasts at 5 and 6 p.m. for a new show seen at 5:30 p.m. so it would not directly compete with WEEK-TV's own programs in those time slots. Until 2016, WHOI continued to produce a separate weekday morning show (the two anchors for that program did not appear on WEEK-TV) and weeknight newscast at 10 p.m..

For many years on weekends, WEEK-TV and WHOI simulcasted local news but there could have been a delay or pre-emption on one station because of network obligations (most notably sports programming). At some point after combining operations, the two outlets became the first news department in the market to upgrade local newscast production to 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen. That would be the case for the next several years. Although not truly high definition, the shows matched the aspect ratio of HD television screens.

In August 2016, WEEK-TV's newscasts became the second of the big three stations in the market to begin broadcasting in high definition and introduced a new set and graphics page. WEEK-TV's newscasts were also re-branded from the longtime News 25 to 25 News.

References[edit]

  1. ^ November 7, 1957 on BrainyHistory
  2. ^ a b c Quick, Doug. "Other Television History" Archived December 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine on personal website.
  3. ^ FCC list of full-service US TV stations, February 16, 2009
  4. ^ Tarter, Steve (March 2, 2009). "Owners of WEEK taking over WHOI operations". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved March 2, 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2009/03/the_staff_of_wtvh_laid.html
  6. ^ "Quincy Buying Stations From Granite, Malara". TVNewsCheck. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Quincy Newspapers Inc. acquires four TV stations Archived November 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine Quincy Herald-Whig, Retrieved November 2, 2015
  8. ^ Kravetz, Andy. "WEEK-TV no longer on Dish Network following contract dispute". Journal Star. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Tarter, Steve. "DISH reaches agreement with Quincy Media". Pekin Daily Times. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Quincy Media purchases ABC, CW affiliations from Sinclair Broadcast Group". CINewsNow.com. Quincy Media. Archived from the original on July 27, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  11. ^ Eck, Kevin (July 26, 2016). "Sinclair and Quincy Make Affiliation Deal, WSJV Employees Wonder What's Next". TVSpy. Adweek Blog Network. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  12. ^ Tarter, Steve (July 26, 2016). "WEEK-TV to broadcast ABC and CW signals". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  13. ^ Tarter, Steve (August 2, 2016). "Along with new look at WEEK-TV, Quincy Media moving ABC, CW to Channel 25". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  14. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=WEEK#station

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