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 rank in parenthesis):

Rank Market Owner Senior station/network Junior station/network Notes
1 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
2 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
3 Chicago IL NBC Universal WMAQ/ch. 5 NBC WSNS/ch. 44 Telemundo
Fox WFLD/ch. 32 Fox WPWR/ch. 50 CW, My Network TV
4 Philadelphia PA CBS KYW/ch. 3 CBS WPSG/ch. 57 CW
5 Dallas TX Fox KDFW/ch. 4 Fox KDFI/ch. 27 My Network TV
CBS KTVT/ch. 11 CBS KTXA/ch. 21 Independent
6 Washington D C Fox WTTG/ch. 5 Fox WDCA/ch. 20 My Network TV
7 Houston TX Fox KRIV/ch. 26 Fox KTXH/ch. 20 My Network TV
8 San Francisco CA Fox KTVU/ch. 2 Fox KICU/ch. 36 Independent
CBS KPIX/ch. 5 CBS KBCW/ch. 44 CW
9 Atlanta GA Tegna WXIA/ch. 11 NBC WATL/ch. 36 My Network TV
Meredith WGCL/ch. 46 CBS WPCH/ch. 17 Independent
10 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 (Merrimack N H city of license) subchannel
11 Phoenix AZ Meredith KPHO/ch. 5 CBS KTVK/ch. 3 Independent
12 Seattle WA Sinclair KOMO/ch. 4 ABC KUNS/ch. 51 Univision
Tegna KING/ch. 5 NBC KONG/ch. 16 Independent
Tribune KCPQ/ch. 13 Fox KJZO/ch. 22 My Network TV Pending sale of KCPQ to Fox
14 Detroit MI CBS WWJ/ch. 62 CBS WKBD/ch. 50 CW
16 Miami FL CBS WFOR/ch. 4 CBS WBFS/ch. 33 My Network TV
17 Denver CO Tegna KUSA/ch. 9 NBC KTVD/ch. 20 Independent
Tribune KWGN/ch. 2 CW KDVR/ch. 31 Fox
21 St. Louis MO Meredith KMOV/ch. 4 CBS KPLR/ch. 11 CW
22 Portland OR Meredith KPTV/ch. 12 Fox KPDX/ch. 49 My Network TV
23 Charlotte N C Fox WJZY/ch. 46 Fox WMYT/ch. 55 My Network TV Rock City S C WMYT city of license; Belmont N C WJZY city of license
24 Pittsburgh PA CBS KDKA/ch. 2 CBS WPCW/ch. 19 CW
25 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
26 Baltimore MD 1 Sinclair WBFF/ch. 45 Fox WNUV/ch. 54 CW WNUV owned by Cunningham; under Sinclair management
28 Indianapolis IN Tribune WTTV/ch. 4 CBS WXIN/ch. 59 Fox
29 San Diego CA Grupo Televisa XETV/ch. 6 Canal 5 XEWT/ch. 12 Televisa Both stations Tijuana MX city of license
Televisora Alco XHAS/ch. 33 Azteca America XHDTV/ch. 49 My Network TV XHAS Tijuana MX city of license; XHDTV Tecate MX city of license
30 Salt Lake City UT Sinclair KUTV/ch. 2 CBS KJZZ/ch. 14 Independent
32 Hartford CT NBC Universal WVIT/ch. 30 NBC WRDM-CD/ch. 50 Telemundo WVIT New Britain city of license
Tribune WTIC/ch. 61 Fox WCCT/ch. 20 CW WCCT Waterbury city of license
33 Kansas City MO Meredith KCTV/ch. 5 CBS KSMO/ch. 62 My Network TV
37 West Palm Beach FL Sinclair WPEC/ch. 12 CBS WTVX/ch. 34 CW
38 Greenville/Spartanburg S C/Asheville N C Nexstar WSPA/ch. 7 CBS WYCW/ch. 62 CW
42 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
44 Birmingham AL Sinclair WTTO/ch. 21 CW WABM/ch. 68 My Network TV
51 New Orleans LA Tegna WWL/ch. 4 CBS WUPL/ch. 54 My Network TV WUPL Slidell city of license
Tribune WGNO/ch. 26 ABC WNOL/ch. 38 CW
54 Fresno CA Sinclair KMPH/ch. 26 Fox KFRE/ch. 59 CW KMPH Visalia city of license; KFRE Sanger city of license
89 Chattanooga TN Sinclair WTVC/ch. 9 ABC WDSI/ch. 61 This TV WDSI owned by New Age Media; under Sinclair management 2
100 Ft. Smith AR Tribune KFSM/ch. 5 CBS KXNW/ch. 34 CW
108 Thomasville GA/Tallahassee FL Sinclair WTWC/ch. 40 NBC WTLH/ch. 49 Me-TV WTLH Bainbridge GA city of license
112 Augusta GA Gray WRDW/ch. 12 CBS WAGT/ch. 26 NBC
126 Bakersfield CA Sinclair KBAK/ch. 29 CBS KBFX/ch. 58 Fox
151 Panama City FL Gray WJHG/ch. 7 NBC WECP/ch. 18 CBS WECP simulcast on WJHG subchannel
154 Albany GA Marquee 3 WSWG/ch. 44 CBS WSST/ch. 22 Independent WSWG Valdosta GA city of license; WSST Cordele GA city of license
173 Dothan AL Gray WTVY/ch. 4 CBS WRGX/ch. 23 NBC WRGX simulcast on WTVY subchannel

1 - In Baltimore, Sinclair controls WUTB, a My Network TV affiliate owned by Deerfield Media which broadcasts on channel 24 (RF 46.6).
2 - In Chattanooga, New Age and Sinclair also control MPS Media's CW affiliate WFLI/ch. 53 (Cleveland TN city of license).
3 - Sale of WSWG to Marquee pending the closing of Gray's acquisition of Raycom.