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YouTube TV adds several CW Network affiliates from Hearst

The logo of the CW Network. (Logo courtesy Nexstar Media Group, Graphic designed by The Desk)
The logo of the CW Network. (Logo courtesy Nexstar Media Group, Graphic designed by The Desk)

Google’s streaming television service YouTube TV has quietly added several CW Network affiliates owned by Hearst Television, The Desk can confirm.

The stations went live on YouTube TV early Monday morning, and replaces a national network feed of Nexstar Media Group’s CW Network that has been offered since August in most markets.

The new CW Network affiliates available on YouTube TV as of Monday morning include:

  • KCWE (Channel 29) in Kansas City
  • KQCA (Channel 58) in Sacramento
  • WCWG (Channel 20) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • WKCF (Channel 18) in Orlando, Florida
  • WNNE (Channel 31) in Burlington, Vermont
  • WPXT (Channel 51) in Portland, Maine

In the Sacramento market, KQCA assumed the CW Network affiliation from KMAX-TV (Channel 31), a Paramount Global-owned station, as part of a network realignment that was announced late last year. KMAX and seven other Paramount-owned stations dropped CW Network programming in August and became full-time independents.

Many of Hearst’s other network affiliates are already carried on YouTube TV, including those that offer ABC, CBS and NBC programming. Hearst has no Fox network affiliates.

YouTube TV costs $73 per month and offers local broadcast stations and cable channels from a number of companies, including Sinclair Broadcast Group, AMC Networks, Warner Bros. Discovery, Paramount Global, the Walt Disney Company, Fox Corporation and Comcast’s NBC Universal.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).