Duopoly

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In media terms, a duopoly is the ownership of two stations by a company in a given market. Prior to 1999, duopolies were forbidden on broadcast television, until the FCC voted 4-1 to allow duopolies provided that one of the stations has rating low enough to meet the criteria allowing the duopoly. Ad hoc duopolies can occur when the owner of a station takes over management of a second station which is owned by another company. This occurs through limited marketing agreements.

Among existing duopolies:

Market Owner Senior station/network Junior station/network Notes
Atlanta GA Tegna WXIA/ch. 11 NBC WATL/ch. 36 My Network TV
Meredith WGCL/ch. 46 CBS WPCH/ch. 17 Independent
Augusta GA Gray WRDW/ch. 12 CBS WAGT/ch. 26 NBC
Baltimore MD Sinclair WBFF/ch. 45 Fox WNUV/ch. 54 CW Also WUTB/ch. 24 (My Network TV), forming rare triopoly
Birmingham AL Sinclair WTTO/ch. 21 CW WABM/ch. 68 My Network TV
Boston MA CBS WBZ/ch. 4 CBS WSBK/ch. 38 (My Network TV)
NBC Universal WNEU/ch. 60 Univision WBTS/ch. 8 NBC WBTS simulcast on WNEU subchannel
Charlotte N C Fox WJZY/ch. 46 Fox WMYT/ch. 55 (My Network TV)
Chattanooga TN Sinclair WTVC/ch. 9 ABC WDSI/ch. 61 This TV WDSI owned by New Age Media; under Sinclair management
Dallas TX Fox KDFW/ch. 4 Fox KDFI/ch. 27 My Network TV
CBS KTVT/ch. 11 CBS KTXA/ch. 21 Independent
Denver CO Tegna KUSA/ch. 9 NBC KTVD/ch. 20 Independent
Detroit MI CBS WWJ/ch. 62 CBS WKBD/ch. 50 CW
Dothan AL Gray WTVY/ch. 4 CBS WRGX/ch. 23 NBC WRGX simulcast on WTVY subchannel
Greenville/Spartanburg S C/Asheville N C Media General WSPA/ch. 7 CBS WYCW/ch. 62 CW WSPA simulcast on WYCW subchannel
Jacksonville FL Tegna WTLV/ch. 12 NBC WJXX/ch. 25 ABC
Cox WFOX/ch. 30 Fox WJAX/ch. 47 CBS WJAX owned by Bayshore, under Cox management
Kansas City MO Meredith KCTV/ch. 5 CBS KSMO/ch. 62 My Network TV
Los Angeles CA CBS KCBS/ch. 2 CBS KCAL/ch. 9 Independent
NBC Universal KNBC/ch. 4 NBC KMEX/ch. 34 Univision
Fox KTTV/ch. 11 Fox KCOP/ch. 13 My Network TV
Miami FL CBS WFOR/ch. 4 CBS WBFS/ch. 33 My Network TV
New Orleans LA Tegna WWL/ch. 4 CBS WUPL/ch. 54 My Network TV
New York City N Y CBS WCBS/ch. 2 CBS WLNY/ch. 55 Independent
NBC Universal WNBC/ch. 4 NBC WNJU/ch. 47 Univision
Fox WNYW/ch. 5 Fox WWOR/ch. 9 My Network TV
Panama City FL Gray WJHG/ch. 7 NBC WECP/ch. 18 CBS WECP simulcast on WJHG subchannel
Philadelphia PA CBS KYW/ch. 3 CBS WPSG/ch. 57 CW
Phoenix AZ Meredith KPHO/ch. 5 CBS KTVK/ch. 3 Independent
Pittsburgh PA CBS KDKA/ch. 2 CBS WPCW/ch. 19 CW
Raleigh/Durham N C Capitol Broadcasting WRAL/ch. 5 NBC WRAZ/ch. 50 Fox
Sinclair WLFL/ch. 22 CW WRDC/ch. 28 My Network TV
Salt Lake City UT Sinclair KUTV/ch. 2 CBS KJZZ/ch. 14 Independent
San Diego CA Grupo Televisa XETV/ch. 6 Canal 5 XEWT/ch. 12 Televisa
Televisora Alco XHAS/ch. 33 Telemundo XHDTV/ch. 49 My Network TV
Seattle WA Tegna KING/ch. 5 NBC KONG/ch. 16 Independent
San Francisco CA Fox KTVU/ch. 2 Fox KICU/ch. 36 Independent
CBS KPIX/ch. 5 CBS KBCW/ch. 44 CW
Washington D C Fox WTTG/ch. 5 Fox WDCA/ch. 20 My Network TV