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WTNZ is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 34 (or virtual channel 43 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Sharp's Ridge in North Knoxville. Owned by Lockwood Broadcast Group, WTNZ is part of a duopoly with independent station WKNX-TV (channel 7); the two stations share studios on Executive Park Drive (along I-75/I-40) in Knoxville's Green Valley section.

On cable, WTNZ is available on channel 11 on Charter Spectrum, Comcast Xfinity and WOW!, and channel 43 on AT&T U-Verse.

HistoryEdit

The station signed on December 31, 1983 with the calls WKCH-TV. It was known on-air as "Catch 43" and aired an analog signal on UHF channel 43. It was locally owned by Knoxville Television, LP. There had been another independent in the area, WINT-TV, but it went dark about a month after WKCH signed on. On October 6, 1986, WKCH became a charter Fox affiliate and became known on-air as "Catch Fox 43".

Knoxville Television, LP declared bankruptcy in the late 1980s, and WKCH was sold to FCVS Communications (the owner of WACH in Columbia, South Carolina) in 1990. FCVS sold all three of its stations (WKCH and WACH, plus WEVU-TV (now WZVN-TV) in Naples, Florida) to Ellis Communications in 1993.

In 1994, it changed call letters to the current WTNZ. Ellis Communications was folded into previous owner Raycom Media in late 1996. Despite the network musical chairs which have occurred in Knoxville over the years, the station has been the area's only Fox affiliate during the network's history.

On June 25, 2018, Raycom Media announced that it agreed to be sold to Gray Television. Gray will keep its existing duopoly of WVLT-TV and WBXX-TV and sell WTNZ to a third-party; on August 20, 2018, Gray announced that WTNZ, along with fellow Fox affiliates WFXG in Augusta, Georgia, WPGX in Panama City, Florida, and WDFX-TV in Dothan, Alabama, would be sold to Lockwood Broadcast Group (owner of Independent station, WKNX-TV). The sale was completed on January 2, 2019.

Gallery Edit

TV stations in Tennessee
WZTV, Nashville

WHBQ, Memphis
WTVC-DT2, Chattanooga
WEMT, Greeneville/Johnson City/Kingsport/Bristol
WTNZ, Knoxville
WJKT, Jackson

TV stations in East Tennessee, including Knoxville
WATE 6 (ABC)
WKNX 7 (Ind)
WVLT 8 (CBS)
WBIR 10 (NBC)
W14CX-D 14 (3ABN)
WKOP 15 (PBS)
WBXX 20 (CW)
WDTT-LD 24 (Daystar)
WTNZ 43 (Fox)
WAGV 44 (Ind)
W45DF-D 45 (HSN)
WVLR 48 (CTN)
WPXK 54 (Ion)
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