43 Facts About Fox Television


Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly known simply as Fox and stylized in all caps as FOX, is an American commercial broadcast television network owned by Fox Corporation and headquartered in New York City, with master control operations and additional offices at the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles.

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Fox Television is a member of the North American Broadcasters Association and the National Association of Broadcasters.

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The film network effort would fail after a few years, but 20th Century Fox continued to dabble in television through its production arm, TCF Television Productions, producing series for the three major broadcast television networks.

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Radio personality Clarke Ingram suggested that the Fox Television network is a revival or at least a linear descendant of DuMont, since Metromedia was founded when DuMont spun off its two remaining owned-and-operated stations, WNEW-TV and WTTG, as DuMont Broadcasting.

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In October 1985,20th Century Fox announced its intentions to form a fourth television network that would compete with ABC, CBS, and NBC.

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The local charter affiliate was, in most cases, that market's top-rated independent Fox Television opted to affiliate with a second-tier independent station in markets where a more established independent declined the affiliation.

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Fox Television added one new show per week over the next several weeks, with the drama 21 Jump Street and comedies Mr President and Duet completing its Sunday schedule.

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In regards to its late night lineup, Fox Television had already decided to cancel The Late Show, and had a replacement series in development, The Wilton North Report, when the former series began a ratings resurgence under its final guest host, comedian Arsenio Hall.

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The Late Show went back to featuring guest hosts, eventually selecting Ross Shafer as its permanent host, only for it to be canceled for good by October 1988, while Hall signed a deal with Paramount Fox Television to develop his own syndicated late night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show.

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Fox Television aired the 39th Primetime Emmy Awards and would air the next five editions.

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In 1989, Fox Television first introduced the documentary series Cops and crime-focused magazine program America's Most Wanted.

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Fox Television survived where DuMont and other attempts to start a fourth network had failed because it programmed just under the number of hours defined by the FCC to legally be considered a network.

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From its launch, Fox Television had the advantage of offering programs intended to appeal toward a younger demographic adults between 18 and 34 years of age – and that were edgier in content, whereas some programs that were carried by the "Big Three" networks attracted an older-skewing audience.

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Until the early 1990s, when Fox Television expanded its programming to additional nights and outside prime time, most Fox Television stations were still essentially formatted as independent stations – filling their schedules with mainly first-run and acquired programming, and, during prime time, running either syndicated programs or, more commonly, movies on nights when the network did not provide programming.

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The series gained international prominence after Fox Television aired a special live episode in January 1992 as an alternative to the halftime show during Super Bowl XXVI, which was broadcast on CBS, marking the start of Fox Television's rivalry with the "Big Three" networks while popularizing the counterprogramming strategy against the Super Bowl telecast.

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In December 1993, Fox Television signed a contract with the NFL to televise games from the National Football Conference—which had been airing its games on CBS since 1956—starting with the 1994 season.

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NFC contract, in fact, was the impetus for the affiliation deal with New World and SF Broadcasting's purchase of the Burnham stations, as Fox Television sought to improve local coverage of its new NFL package by aligning the network with stations that had more established histories and advertiser value than its charter affiliates.

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Later, in August 2000, Fox bought several stations owned by Chris-Craft Industries and its subsidiaries BHC Communications and United Television for $5.

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Fox Television completed its prime time expansion to all seven nights on January 19,1993, with the launch of two additional nights of programming on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, making it the fifth broadcast network to air programming on a nightly basis.

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Subsequently, on January 13,2014, Fox Television announced that it would abandon its use of the standard concept of greenlighting shows through the initial order of pilot episodes during the designated "pilot season", instead opting to pick up shows directly to series.

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On July 27,2018, in a deal first announced December 2017, and completed March 20,2019,21st Century Fox shareholders agreed to sell most of its key assets to The Walt Disney Company for $71.

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The sale did not include the Fox Broadcasting Company and television stations or the Fox Sports, Fox News, and Fox Business cable channels, which were to be maintained under a company tentatively referred to as "New Fox".

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On January 30,2019, Fox Television ordered a second season, while the first-season finale saw an average audience of 11.

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Fox Television established a new in-house studio, Fox Television Alternative Entertainment, for investments in non-scripted formats.

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Fox Television began airing children's programming on September 8,1990, with the debut of the Fox Television Children's Network, a programming block that aired on Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons.

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In October 2001, Fox Television sold its children's division, Saban Entertainment and Fox Television Family Worldwide to The Walt Disney Company for $5.

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The absence of a national news program on the Fox network is despite the fact that its parent company, Fox Corporation, owns Fox News Channel, which launched in October 1996 and currently maintains near-universal distribution within the United States via pay television providers.

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Fox first tried its hand at a national news program in prime time with the hour-long weekly newsmagazine The Reporters, which was produced by the same team behind the Fox Television Stations-distributed syndicated tabloid program A Current Affair; the program ran from 1988 to 1990, when it was cancelled due to low ratings.

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Network tried its hand at a newsmagazine again in 1998 with Fox Television Files, hosted by Fox Television News Channel anchors Catherine Crier and Jon Scott, as well as a team of correspondents; it lasted a little over a year before being cancelled.

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Fox Television attempted national morning programs, only the first of which aired on the network itself.

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On January 22,2007, Fox Television premiered The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet on its owned-and-operated stations; hosted by Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy, the show was lighter in format and more entertainment-oriented, though its focus often changed when a major news story occurred.

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However, partly due to the fact that Fox Television had not yet established itself as a major network, the NFL chose to renew its contract with ABC.

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From 2007 to 2010, Fox Television aired the Bowl Championship Series—a group of college football bowl games held around New Year's Day, and the BCS National Championship Game.

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Fox Television is the only broadcast network that currently carries adult animated comedies.

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At minimum, most Fox Television stations run a late-evening newscast following the network's prime time lineup, which typically run 30 minutes to one hour in length; besides the fact that the network's stations have more latitude to air an earlier late-evening newscast since Fox Television does not program that hour, this stems from the fact that several of its charter stations were already airing prime time newscasts as independent stations prior to the network's launch.

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The lone exceptions to this rule currently are El Paso, Texas affiliate KFOX-TV and WXIN, which respectively began producing newscasts for their CBS-affiliated duopoly partners using resources from their existing news departments in September 2014 and January 2015, with the Fox Television stations maintaining the same amount of news programming that they did beforehand.

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Fox Television maintains several video on demand venues for viewers to watch the network's programming, including a traditional VOD service called Fox Television on Demand, which is carried on most traditional cable, satellite, streaming, and telecom providers.

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Fox Television began broadcasting its programming in 720p high definition on September 12,2004, with that day's slate of NFC football games during week one of the 2004 NFL season.

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In cases where the Fox Television bug appears instead of the station's logo bug, the Twitter hashtag is directly above the Fox Television logo in the safe area.

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The final Fox Television show to convert to HD was Family Guy beginning with its September 26,2010, episode; all programming provided by Fox Television is broadcast in widescreen and in high definition as of 2013, and in Dolby Digital 5.

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Fox Television is unique among US broadcasters as it distributes its HD feed over satellite to the network's affiliates as an MPEG transport stream intended to be delivered bit-for-bit for broadcast transmission.

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When Fox Television launched on October 9,1986, as Fox Television Broadcasting Company, it used a logo with three squares containing the network's initials similar to BBC's current logo from 1997–present in the UK.

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That fine was reduced to $91,000 in January 2009 after an appeal of the fine by Fox Television was granted as a result of its earlier discovery that the FCC originally claimed to have received 159 complaints regarding the content in Married by America; it later admitted to only receiving 90, which came from only 23 people.

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