WGN-TV, CW Network part ways

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CHICAGO — Starting Sept. 1, WGN-TV will no longer carry the CW Network.

“As an independent television station, we’ll have the opportunity to bring more prime-time baseball, basketball and hockey games to Chicago sports fans on weeknights, add some popular syndicated programming, expand our weekend morning news, and take control of all of WGN-TV’s prime-time advertising inventory,” said Larry Wert, President of Broadcast Media for Tribune Broadcasting, in a news release. “Importantly, we’ll also avoid having to move any games off of WGN-TV to accommodate network programming.”

“WGN is the heartbeat of local news and sports in Chicago,” said Greg Easterly, the station’s Vice President and General Manager. “We’re very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and the freedom of being an independent station in the nation’s third-largest market.”

The Tribune Media Company, which owns WGN-TV, is continuing its relationship with the CW Network. Long-term affiliation agreements were just announced for 12 of Tribune’s other stations.

The CW Network will move to WPWR in Chicago.