The new agreement extends affiliation for Meredith’s stations in Atlanta, Phoenix, Kansas City and Flint, Mich. In addition, all seven of Meredith's CBS Affiliates renew for local live streams on CBS All Access and commit to Hulu Live multichannel digital service and some future digital distribution deals.
Meredith Renews Four CBS Affiliations
CBS and Meredith Corp. today signed a long-term agreement that renews affiliation agreements for four of Meredith’s stations: WGCL Atlanta (DMA 10).; KPHO Phoenix (DMA 12); KCTV Kansas City, Mo. (DMA 33); and WNEM Flint, Mich. (DMA 72). The four markets renewed serve more than 5.5 million households.
The new deal also includes the renewal of participation in CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s digital subscription video-on-demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service, plus a commitment to distribution via the new Hulu live multi-channel digital television service and participation in certain of the CBS Television Network’s future new entrant digital distribution deals by all seven Meredith owned-and-operated CBS affiliates.
Meredith’s CBS affiliates cover 7% of the U.S. and serve more than eight million households. In addition to the four listed above, Meredith’s CBS affiliates include KMOV in St. Louis, Mo., WFSB in Hartford, Conn. and WSHM in Springfield, Mass. The affiliation agreements for those three stations were renewed last year.
“We are a longtime proud partner of Meredith, and this agreement will benefit both companies in the near and long-term,” said Ray Hopkins, president of network distribution for the CBS Television Network. “We are pleased that in extending this deal and committing to certain new and future digital distribution opportunities, Meredith recognizes the value that CBS’ hit programming brings to their business and, most importantly, the viewers in each market.”
Commenting on the agreement, Paul Karpowicz, the president of Meredith’s Local Media Group, said, “We are happy to extend our affiliation agreement with CBS in these four key markets and further our relationship with CBS on certain digital opportunities.”