The ABC Television Network has entered into an affiliation agreement with WTVA to broadcast the full ABC Television Network programming schedule in the Columbus/Tupelo/West Point television market, utilizing WTVA digital channel 9.2, it was announced today by John Rouse, senior vice president of Affiliate Relations for ABC and Phil Sullivan, Station Manager, WTVA.
The high-definition affiliation becomes effective on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 (12:35 a.m. CT.)
Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Sullivan of WTVA said, “We are delighted to reach a long-term affiliation agreement with ABC and be able to provide a solid line-up of programming such as Modern Family, Dancing with the Stars, Once Upon A Time, Revenge and Jimmy Kimmel Live; critically-acclaimed news and information series including Good Morning America and World News with Diane Sawyer; and high profile sports programming like Saturday Night Football.
"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with WTVA coverage in the Columbus/Tupelo market, and that local viewers will continue to be able to see all their favorite ABC and ESPN on ABC programs including this Saturday’s 2012 Cowboys Classic featuring Michigan vs. Alabama” said Mr. Rouse.
As part of the new affiliation, WTVA 9.2 will service the ABC viewers with local news coverage.
Previously, ABC was affiliated with WKDH which will cease operations as of 11:59 p.m. CT, August 31, 2012.
ABC-WTVA is available the following ways:
Over-the-air on Channel 9.2 in HD
Comcast on channel 7 and channel 431 in HD
Direct TV on channel 10 in HD
Dish on channel 45 in HD
MetroCast on channel 6 and channel 706 in HD
MetroCast for Holly Springs, Ashland, Snow Lake, Potts Camp and Hickory Flats on channel 11 and channel 711 in HD
Cable One on channel 12, channel 455 in HD and on MeTV 394
In addition, we want you to know WLOV is on channel 9 on Cable One, channel 475 in HD and channel 476 onThisTV
Founded by Frank Spain, WTVA-TV is the only locally owned station in the market and one of few in the country. WTVA, Inc., WTVA-TV’s parent company, is led by Jane D. Spain. Under her leadership, WTVA is engaged with its audience as a content provider across multiple platforms including the web, mobile applications, social media, and broadcast television. As WTVA completes its 55th year of broadcasting, its goal is simple and the same one Frank Spain had in 1953. “WTVA wants to be the ONE place to turn to for entertainment, news, weather, sports, information, and community involvement.”
ABC Television Network provides broadcast programming to more than 220 affiliated stations across the U.S. The Network encompasses ABC News, which is responsible for news programming on television and other digital platforms, and ABC Entertainment Group, a partnership between ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment responsible for the network’s daytime, primetime, and late-night entertainment programming. ABC’s multiplatform business initiative includes the Interactive Emmy Award-winning broadband player on ABC.com and the critically-acclaimed ABC Player app.