17 Sinclair Stations Join New FOX Mini-Network

Seventeen TV stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. will carry programming from a new mini-network being launched by News Corp.'s Fox television unit this fall, the companies announced Thursday.

Adding to the 10 Fox-owned stations already lined up to carry the shows from MyNetworkTV, the new mini-network will now be available in 36 percent of American homes when it launches Sept. 5.

News Corp. came up with the plan after 10 of its stations were left without prime-time programming following the announcement from CBS Corp. that it would shut down its money-losing UPN network.

MyNetworkTV will start out carrying just two shows, soap-opera style dramas modeled after the hugely successful and steamy "telenovelas" that appear on Spanish-language television. The shows will air Monday through Saturday from 8pm to 10pm.