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Paramount Stations Group
TypeDivision
IndustryTelevision
PredecessorTVX Broadcast Group
Founded1991; 31 years ago (1991)
Defunct2001; 21 years ago (2001)
FateFolded into the Viacom Television Stations Group in 2001 (later renamed CBS Television Stations in 2006)
Headquarters,
USA
OwnerNational Amusements
ParentParamount Pictures/Paramount Communications (1991-1995)
Viacom (1995-2001)

Paramount Stations Group (sometimes abbreviated as PSG) was a company that controlled a group of American broadcast television stations. The company existed from 1991 until 2001.

History

Paramount Communications, the then-parent company of Paramount Pictures, formed the Paramount Stations Group in 1991 after buying out the remaining stake in TVX Broadcast Group that it did not already own.[1][2] At the time of the transition in 1991, the group consisted of six outlets: Fox affiliates KRRT (now KMYS) in the San Antonio area, WLFL-TV in Raleigh, and WTXF-TV in Philadelphia; and independent stations KTXA in Fort Worth, KTXH in Houston, and WDCA in Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter, the group began its expansion with its purchase of then-Fox affiliate WKBD-TV in Detroit from Cox Enterprises in 1993.[3][4]

The original incarnation of Viacom purchased Paramount in 1993, with the deal closing in March 1994; Viacom then merged its own group of five CBS- and NBC-affiliated stations to the PSG fold. Viacom also included its part-time LMA with WVIT, that of WTXX.[5] Shortly afterward Viacom entered into a joint venture with Chris-Craft Industries, which owned several television stations as part of its United Television subsidiary, to launch the United Paramount Network (UPN). Four of PSG's original six stations, along with several acquisitions such as WSBK-TV in Boston,[6] and WTXX in Waterbury, which Viacom is operating through a LMA with WVIT[5] became charter affiliates of the network when UPN launched in January 1995.

PSG sold off three of its original six stations as well; WLFL, KRRT and WTXF were sold to other companies, with the latter becoming a Fox-owned station. To make up for the loss of its Philadelphia-owned station, PSG bought Philadelphia independent station WGBS-TV and renamed it to WPSG-TV, and moved the UPN affiliation there. The company eventually divested itself of the CBS and NBC stations it held and purchased more UPN affiliates as the 1990s continued.

Airing since 1992 in Sweden and other European countries, 4 of the group's independent stations began in late December 1993 testing Video Games Challenge, interactive via the phone game show produced by Invisible Cities of Los Angeles and Big Band Productions of Sweden.[7] In February 2000, Paramount Stations Group and ACME Communications reached an agreement.[8]

In 2000, PSG bought out Chris-Craft's stake in UPN. Shortly thereafter, Chris-Craft exited broadcasting and sold most of its stations to Fox.

PSG was folded the next year after Viacom completed its merger with CBS. The remaining PSG stations were merged with the CBS owned-and-operated stations to form the Viacom Television Stations Group. Today, that group is called the CBS Television Stations Group.

Stations

Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by community of license.

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years owned Current ownership status
SacramentoStocktonModesto KMAX-TV 31 (21) 1998–2001 The CW owned-and-operated (O&O) by ViacomCBS
New BritainHartfordNew Haven WVIT 1 30 (35) 1994–1997 NBC owned-and-operated (O&O)
WTXX 4 20 (33) 1994-1997 The CW affiliate, WCCT, owned by Tegna Inc.
Washington, D.C. WDCA 20 (35) 1991–2001 MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated (O&O) by Fox Television Stations
Fort PierceWest Palm Beach, FL WTVX 34 (34) 1997–2001 The CW affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
MiamiFort Lauderdale WBFS-TV 33 (32) 1995–2001 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by ViacomCBS
St. PetersburgTampa WTOG 44 (44) 1996–2001 The CW owned-and-operated (O&O) by ViacomCBS
Atlanta WUPA 69 (43) 1995–2001 The CW owned-and-operated (O&O) by ViacomCBS
MarionIndianapolis, IN WNDY-TV 23 (32) 1999–2001 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Circle City Broadcasting
HutchinsonWichita, KS KSCC 3 36 (35) 2001 MyNetworkTV affiliate, KMTW, owned by Mercury Broadcasting Company
(Operated under LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
ShreveportTexarkana KSLA-TV 1 12 (17) 1994–1995 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
SlidellNew Orleans, LA WUPL 54 (24) 1997–2001 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Tegna
Boston WSBK-TV 38 (39) 1995–2001 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by ViacomCBS
New Bedford, MAProvidence, RI WLWC 2 28 (22) 1997–2001 Court TV affiliate owned by Inyo Broadcast Holdings
Detroit WKBD-TV 50 (14) 1993–2001 The CW owned-and-operated (O&O) by ViacomCBS
St. Louis KMOV 1 4 (24) 1994–1997 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
AlbanySchenectadyTroy WNYT 1 13 (12) 1994–1996 NBC affiliate owned by Hubbard Broadcasting
Rochester, New York WHEC-TV 1 10 (10) 1994–1996 NBC affiliate owned by Hubbard Broadcasting
RaleighDurhamFayetteville WLFL-TV 22 (27) 1991–1994 The CW affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
ChillicotheColumbus, OH WWHO 53 (46) 1997–2001 The CW affiliate owned by Manhan Media, Inc.
(operated through SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Oklahoma City KAUT-TV 43 (40) 1998–2001 Independent station owned by Nexstar Media Group
JeannettePittsburgh, PA WNPA-TV 19 (11) 1998–2001 The CW owned-and-operated (O&O), WPCW, by ViacomCBS
Philadelphia WTXF-TV 29 (42) 1991–1995 Fox owned-and-operated (O&O)
WPSG 57 (32) 1995–2001 The CW owned-and-operated (O&O) by ViacomCBS
Fort WorthDallas KTXA 21 (29) 1991–2001 Independent station owned by ViacomCBS
Houston KTXH 20 (19) 1991–2001 MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated (O&O) by Fox Television Stations
KerrvilleSan Antonio, TX KRRT 35 (32) 1991–1995 Dabl affiliate, KMYS, owned by Deerfield Media
(operated through SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
PortsmouthNorfolk, VA
(Hampton Roads)
WGNT 27 (50) 1997–2001 The CW affiliate owned by the E. W. Scripps Company
TacomaSeattle KSTW 11 (11) 1997–2001 The CW owned-and-operated (O&O) by ViacomCBS
KIRO-TV 7 (7) 1997 CBS affiliate owned by the Cox Media Group

References

  1. ^ "Paramount acquires TVX group" (PDF). Broadcasting. March 4, 1991. p. 57. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Paramount acquires TVX group" (PDF). Broadcasting. March 4, 1991. p. 61. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Foisie, Geoffrey (June 21, 1993). "Paramount buys WKBD-TV" (PDF). Broadcasting and Cable. p. 12. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Detroit Station To Paramount". The New York Times. 17 June 1993. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b Lender, Jon (1993-06-11). "WVIT Leases Time on WTXX as WTIC Protests". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  6. ^ "Changing hands" (PDF). Broadcasting and Cable. January 2, 1995. p. 46. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Freeman, Mike (January 3, 1994). "Games afoot at Paramount". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on May 3, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  8. ^ "Sharing the wealth". 23 February 2000.