On December 6, 2017, reports stated that Sinclair and Fox were working on a deal that would see most of the Fox-affiliated stations whose affiliation contracts were set to expire at the end of the year renew said agreements, in exchange for Sinclair selling some Fox affiliates involved in the Tribune deal or already under the group's ownership directly to Fox Television Stations.
Executives with network parent 21st Century Fox also see Sinclair as a competitor to Fox News Channel as the group produces conservative-leaning news and commentary segments that appear on local newscasts of stations owned and/or operated by the group.
Tribune acquired WTTV and its Kokomo satellite WTTK (channel 29) from the Sinclair Broadcast Group on April 29, 2002; – had briefly owned WTTV and WIIB (channel 63, now Ion Television owned-and-operated station WIPX-TV) from 1996 to 1998 under a crossownership waiver as the FCC had prohibited duopolies at the time).
While an affiliation swap should have been expected given that WTTV was a VHF station that had been on the air much longer than UHF outlet WXIN, and WXIN had an established news department whereas WTTV had been outsourcing its newscasts since 1990, Tribune kept the WB affiliation on WTTV and Fox programming on WXIN due to the fact that WTTV had a weaker signal in the northern parts of the market as its transmitter was located farther south than other area stations, requiring WTTK to relay its programming.
The two stations share studio facilities located on Network Place (near 71st Street & I-465) at the Intech Park office development in northwestern Indianapolis; WXIN maintains transmitter facilities located on West 73rd Street (or Westlane Road) on the northern outskirts of the city (west of Meridian Hills).
On cable, WXIN is available in standard definition on Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum and AT&T U-verse channel 11, in high definition on Spectrum and AT&T U-verse channel 1011 and Xfinity channel 1059.