Post-Newsweek Stations

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Post-Newsweek Stations is the official name of the broadcasting division of the Washington Post Company and is a self-contained corporation within that company. The company is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan in headquarters shared with Post-Newsweek's station in that market, NBC affiliate WDIV-TV and is headed by president and chief executive officer Alan Frank, formerly general manager of WDIV.

In 1992, Post-Newsweek bought the now defunct Detroit regional sports station PASS Sports from former Detroit Tigers owner and Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan. FSN Detroit put the channel out of business in October 1997.

As of 2006, Post-Newsweek owns 6 VHF stations, all of which are in the Top 50 markets. All but one has a network affiliation.

History

What today is Post-Newsweek Stations originated as WTOP, Inc. in 1949 when CBS sold controlling interest (55 percent) of WTOP radio in Washington, D.C. to the Post; CBS retained a minority (45 percent) stake. In 1950, WTOP bought WOIC-TV, Washington's CBS television affiliate, and changed that station's call letters to WTOP-TV.

CBS was forced to sell its remaining interest in WTOP in 1954. The Post then merged its Washington stations with recently-purchased WMBR-AM-TV in Jacksonville, Florida and changed the company's name to Post Stations, Inc. WMBR radio was later sold off (it is now WZAZ); the Post then changed WMBR-TV's calls to WJXT. The company adopted the Post-Newsweek name after the Post bought Newsweek magazine in...
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