Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stations Confirm Changes TV-30 to Inherit UPN Programs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stations Confirm Changes TV-30 to Inherit UPN Programs

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Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union staff writer

If you want to watch WWF Smackdown, Buffy the Vampire Slayer or The Hughleys, you're going to have to stay up later starting in July. Or maybe just remember to set your VCR.

Clear Channel Communications Inc., which owns both WTEV TV-47 and WAWS TV-30, confirmed yesterday that the UPN network shows currently broadcast on TV-47 will be aired late at night on TV-30 beginning July 15, when TV-47 becomes a CBS network affiliate.

UPN network shows are currently broadcast between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday on TV-47, but they will be airing from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on TV-30 when the changeover occurs. The UPN shows will be broadcast on the same days they appear now, just later.

TV-30, a Fox network affiliate, will continue to broadcast Fox programs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The changes were necessitated after Jacksonville's long-time CBS affiliate, WJXT TV-4, announced last month it was ending its relationship with CBS to become an independent station. Clear Channel announced two weeks ago that TV-47 would take over as Jacksonville's CBS station, which meant it would have to find a new place for the UPN shows.

Susan Adams Loyd, vice president and general manager of the two Clear Channel stations, said at the time that the UPN shows would move to TV-30, most likely during late night hours. But the stations did not confirm the new schedule until yesterday.

Although UPN shows such as Smackdown have a loyal core audience, Loyd said viewers she has heard from in the past two weeks have not complained about the later viewing hours but have been curious about just what time their favorite shows will air.

"I think people are just glad that they [the UPN shows] are still running," she said. "They'll go to the show whenever it's on."

The switch will also affect programming at other times of day. When TV-47 becomes a CBS station on July 15, it will begin broadcasting a local news show from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a. …

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