WFAA and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram announced Wednesday that the two companies have agreed to form a content partnership to better serve news consumers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Jim Witt, executive editor of the Star-Telegram, and Carolyn Mungo, executive news director for WFAA, said the heavyweight combination of the two media enterprises would benefit readers and viewers on all their platforms including print, broadcast and digital.
“We’ve been admirers of WFAA’s news operation for decades," Witt said. “The opportunity to be partners with the station long recognized as being the best in the market is exciting for us."
“The Star-Telegram is the dominant print and digital news provider in Tarrant County with a deep legacy in Fort Worth,” Mungo said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with the many professionals at the paper.”
Witt and Mungo said the two companies would be sharing a wide range of content, from breaking news to subjects including sports, business, traffic, weather, dining, and entertainment from all over the North Texas area. They said they also expect their staff to work together occasionally to produce joint projects.
In addition to their large print and broadcast footprints in the market, both companies have powerful digital products and websites including WFAA.com, Star-Telegram.com and the newspaper’s entertainment site, DFW.com.
The Star-Telegram has been serving Tarrant County and surrounding communities since 1909, when Amon Carter, Sr. combined the Star and the Telegram. The paper has won two Pulitzer Prizes during its history and has the largest print and digital audience on the western side of the D/FW marketplace.
In 1949, WFAA signed-on as the first located in the city of Dallas. Since then, it has served the North Texas community with award-winning news and local programming. In 2009, WFAA became the first local station awarded the prestigious duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton Award for its investigative journalism.
The Star-Telegram is owned by the McClatchy Company, which has a network of papers around the country in markets including Miami, Kansas City, and Sacramento. WFAA is Dallas-Fort Worth’s ABC affiliate, and is part of Gannett Company, Inc.