CW, Tribune Media Stations Extend Affiliation Deal, Chicago's WGN-TV to Become Indie

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'Arrow' is one of The CW's hit shows.

Meanwhile, the local Chicago CW affiliation will move to Fox Television Stations' WPWR-TV.

The CW Network and Tribune Media on Monday unveiled new long-term affiliation agreements for 12 of Tribune’s CW-affiliated TV stations.

The markets renewed cover 25 percent of the U.S. and serve more than 28 million households, the companies said without providing financial details.

The CW stations covered by the deal include WPIX in New York, KTLA in Los Angeles, KDAF in Dallas, WDCW in Washington, D.C., KIAH in Houston and WSFL in Miami, among others.

The companies said that the local Chicago CW affiliation will move to Fox Television Stations' WPWR-TV and that Tribune Media's WGN-TV in Chicago will become an independent station, featuring local news, live sports and syndicated programming in primetime, beginning in September.

Arrow and The Flash are among the hit shows on The CW, owned by Time Warner and CBS Corp.

“As The CW continues to build on its current ratings momentum and full schedule of high-quality programming, we are thrilled to continue our successful partnership with Tribune and their affiliated stations for many years to come,” said The CW Network president Mark Pedowitz.

“We are extremely pleased to continue our strong relationship with The CW Network,” said Peter Liguori, Tribune Media’s president and CEO. “The primetime entertainment programming offered by The CW drives a passionate and loyal audience to our stations and we are looking forward to a lot of success.”