History[ edit ] 20th Century Fox had been involved in television production as early as the s, producing several syndicated programs. A seventh station, ABC affiliate WCVB-TV channel 5 in Boston , was part of the original transaction but was spun off to the Hearst Broadcasting subsidiary of the Hearst Corporation in a separate, concurrent deal as part of a right of first refusal related to that station's sale to Metromedia. Because Metromedia originally known as Metropolitan Broadcasting at its founding was spun off from the failed DuMont Television Network, radio personality Clarke Ingram has suggested that the Fox network is a revival or at least a linear descendant of DuMont. The plans were to use the combination of the Fox studios and the former Metromedia stations to both produce and distribute programming. Organizational plans for the network were held off until the Metromedia acquisitions cleared regulatory hurdles.