Renewals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Harlingen, Texas, Portland, Maine and Syracuse, N.Y., serve approximately 1.5 million television households.
CBS Corp. and Sinclair Broadcast Group on Monday today announced a multi-year deal that renews three station affiliation agreements that were set to expire at the end of 2018. Additionally, CBS also renewed an affiliation that was set to expire at the end of 2018 with a station that Sinclair provides sales and other services to under a joint sales agreement.
The owned stations are KGAN Cedar Rapids, Iowa (DMA 90); KGBT Harlingen, Texas (DMA 84); and WGME Portland, Maine (DMA 81), and the station to which Sinclair provides services is WTVH Syracuse, N.Y. (DMA 85).The four agreements have been renewed to be co-terminus with the four CBS affiliations which were renewed earlier this year. The four renewed markets serve approximately 1.5 million households.
“We are pleased we have reached this renewal agreement with Sinclair,” said Ray Hopkins, president of network distribution for the CBS Television Network. “This is a win-win with our longtime partner who recognizes the value that the No. 1 network brings to viewers in these markets, while CBS continues to deliver industry-leading content and achieve both our short and long-term economic goals.”
“We are pleased to renew our agreements with CBS, a longtime partner and provider of some of the most popular entertainment and sports programming,” said Barry Faber, Sinclair’s EVP for distribution and network relations. “The renewals reflect the value of the symbiotic relationship, with the local news and syndicated content we provide.”
Sinclair’s CBS affiliates cover 8% of the U.S. and serve more than nine million households. Sinclair owns or operates CBS affiliates in 24 markets, including the four listed above.