Station History

FOX 29 (WTXF-TV) is known for popular programming such as "American Idol," "The Simpsons," "Bones,"and "Glee."  It launched the tri-state area's first hour-long, prime time newscast, "FOX 29 Ten O'clock News" in 1986. Additional local programming includes "Good Day Philadelphia," the area's only all-local, all-live, morning program, weekdays from 4:25 to 10am,  "The FOX 29 News at Five," weekdays from 5 to 6pm and "The FOX 29 News at Six," weekdays from 6 to 6:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 6 to 7pm.

Steady growth and success is the best description of FOX 29's development, which includes the following highlights: 

1965    Mr. Bill Fox, local business person, signs on WIBF-TV, Channel 29

1969    The Taft Broadcasting Company acquires WIBF-TV; changes call letters to WTAF

1986    WTAF-TV launches the area's first, prime time 10pm newscast, February 17th

1986    WTAF-TV debuts the 30-minute weekend The Ten O'clock News in September

1987    The TVX Broadcasting Company acquires WTAF-TV from Taft Broadcasting.  WTAF –TV becomes a charter affiliate of the FOX Network

1988    WTAF-TV call letters change to WTXF

1990    WTXF expands The Ten O'Clock News to one hour on weekdays, March 5th

1990    WTXF expands the Sunday night The Ten O'clock News to one hour September 30th

1991    Paramount Communications Inc. acquires WTXF-TV from the TVX Broadcasting Company

1994    VIACOM Inc. acquires Paramount Communications Inc.

1995    FOX Television Stations Inc. purchases WTXF

1996    WTXF launches the area's first live, locally-produced, morning show, Good Day Philadelphia, April 1st

2005    Demolition and construction begins on a complete renovation of our Old City facility

2006    WTXF launches First News at 11 on FOX 29, October 9th

2007    WTXF launches FOX 29 News at Five, January 22nd

2007    WTXF launches FOX 29 News at Six October 6th

2008    WTXF moves First News at 11 to 12noon time period, retitling program FOX 29 News at Noon, September 1st

In the early ‘70's, the station signaled the strength of syndication success.  The ‘80's welcomed Phillies BaseballThe Ten O'clock News,and the FOX Broadcasting Network.  By 1990, the station expanded its prime-time news to one hour.  In the new millennium, the station continues to flourish, and in 2008, carried the MLB playoffs and World Series which crowned the hometown Philadelphia Phillies.

WTXF is a market leader in locally-produced programming, while the FOX Network continues its "take no prisoners" mission by increasing its commitment to quality programming and professional sports.  In 1994, the FOX Broadcasting Network secured the rights to broadcast the National Football League's NFC games, making FOX 29 the leader in Philadelphia Eagles football game broadcasts.  "Eagles Game Day Live," is a local, weekly NFL pre-game show featuring reports from Eagles players and a preview of the upcoming game.  

FOX 29 is broadcast over cable outlets in 8 Pennsylvania counties (Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton); 6 New Jersey counties (Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland and Atlantic); and two Delaware counties (New Castle and Kent).  It employs approximately 160 full- and part-time people and has continued through the years to produce quality local programming that has been recognized throughout the broadcast industry and has made a significant impact on the communities it is licensed to serve. 

FOX Television Stations group is one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 28 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.28 % of U.S. television homes.  This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte.

21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX; ASX: FOX) is the world's premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. Reaching nearly 1.5 billion subscribers in 100 local languages every day, 21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic Channels, Fox Pan American Sports, MundoFox and STAR; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and Shine Group.  The Company also provides premium content to millions of subscribers through its pay-television services in Europe and Asia, including Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia and its equity interests in BSkyB and Tata Sky. 

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