Friday, April 20, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: Browns Re-Up With WKYC/3, Add SportsTime Ohio

The Cleveland Browns are sticking with local NBC affiliate WKYC/3 for the 2007 season, as the team's official broadcast TV partner and home of Browns preseason games.

But on the cable side, the local NFL team is making a change for 2007, as it will start a new agreement with SportsTime Ohio, the local cable/satellite regional sports network owned by the Cleveland Indians.

The other big news out of this agreement is for HDTV fans.

Channel 3 will air four 2007 pre-season games in HD format, and new cable partner STO will replay these games in HD within a day after the original airing on WKYC.

STO's technical operations are handled from studios at WKYC's "Digital Broadcast Center" in downtown Cleveland, and WKYC is also the broadcast outlet for Cleveland Indians baseball.

WKYC will also continue to air the "Pregame Huddle" pre-game show and the "Point After" show on Monday nights.

The STO agreement takes effect July 1st. The team has had a pact with competitor FOX Sports Net Ohio.

The Browns renewed their relationship with WKYC last year, when the team broke ranks with then-broadcast partner WOIO/19 over the 911 tape controversy.

And as last year, WOIO will actually air all but two regular season Browns games, as the local CBS affiliate. FOX O&O WJW/8 will pick up the other two, due to that network's role as home carrier for the National Football Conference, when those teams visit Cleveland...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hear Channel 8 is getting rid of the Columbus office soon. Anything on that? I never thought it worked anyway. Government news is not good TV.

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Anonymous said...

has anyone heard if WJW will go to the O&O look this year? honestly I don't think it would fit WJW.

Anonymous said...

WJW has already started using some of the new graphics- like myfoxcleveland.com and the graphics used to advertise it on TV. Also, the new SKYFOX HD logo has the red, white and blue colors in it.

Anonymous said...

Looks like 3 has also moved Kim Wheeler back to the weekend morning news.
Barbara Gauthier has been doing the morning show with John Anderson for the last 2 or so weeks.

Anonymous said...

I think that Channel 3 should bring back Del Donahoo and Tom Haley for the morning news. Their show was entertaining and fun