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TXA21 no longer a fan of The Fan

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TXA21 is canceling The Fan Sports Show and replacing it with vintage TV westerns after the Thursday, June 5th telecast, the station confirmed Wednesday.

The Fan’s principal anchor of late has been Bill Jones, with Jane Slater regularly filling in. The locally produced program has been in the 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. weeknight slot on TXA21 since Feb. 6th, 2014. Its original anchor, Gina Miller, left TXA21 and sister station CBS11 in October of last year.

Jones and Slater will remain a part of the CBS11/TXA21 sports team, director of communications Lori Conrad said Wednesday.

In the May “sweeps” ratings period, The Fan averaged just 7,103 D-FW viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research.

The new TXA21 schedule, effective on Monday, June 9th (the station airs Texas Rangers baseball games on Fridays), will move Inside Edition from 7:30 up to 6:30 p.m., with the Classic Western Hour slotted from 7 to 8 p.m. Reruns of Gunsmoke and Bonanza will be included in the initial mix.

“It will create a fun summertime escape for fans of these classic shows,” CBS11/TXA21 president and general manager Gary Schneider said. “And we’ll be introducing them to other viewers for the first time. This is truly timeless television.”

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