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Since things started with The CW, there has been speculation about what is going to happen with the News Corp. owned UPN affiliates in those areas where the Tribune stations are transitioning to The CW.

Well, aparently, we have the start of an answer. These News Corp. UPN stations, such as KCOP and WWOR, have dropped their logos that indicates they are UPN networks, and are no longer promoting any UPN shows. They are still airing the UPN shows, but with no promotion.

Old KCOP and WWOR logos:

Current KCOP and WWOR logos:

It's still unclear what will happen to the stations themselves, and if the current ownership will stay intact for much longer. Personally, I could see News Corp. divesting itself of KCOP, selling it to ... Disney. Yes, Disney already had an ABC O&O in the form of KABC-TV, but Disney already proved that they can successfully run an independant station when they ran KCAL-TV prior to the Disney acquision of Cap Cities/ABC. The rules that made Disney sell KCAL when ABC was acquired are different now, and I believe they now could own KCOP. However, as cahwyguy mentioned, KCOP right now is a station without an identity, but Disney could give it one.

Verrry interesting...


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Jan. 29th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
Not sure what KCOP is promoting with that tag -- sounds sexy to me.

W(W)OR has always been the least interesting of the local New York stations, and I'm not sure anyone will want it. The only thing they had worth watching for a long time (yes, even including the game shows) was Mets baseball, and that's gone too.
Jan. 29th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
While it's not part of the logo, WWOR is also using the "Get it on" tag on their website. *shrug*

KCOP is, frankly, similar. Frankly, UPN was the best thing to happen to the station in a long time. In the pre-cable and satellite days, I think it had the weakest transmitter of all LA VHF stations, so the coverage wasn't great. Apart from Joker's Wild and Tic Tac Dough, there really wasn't a reason it watch it. Daytime is filled with the syndicated shows and reruns of UPN programming, as well as the syndecated lawyer shows. Their news department has been laughable for a long time, and their weekends are full of movies and any other syndicated rerun shows they can get (Alias, Stargate Atlantis, Buffy, etc.)

They are, in a word, forgettable.
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