Also included are Tribune’s ABC affiliation agreements in New Orleans, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Moline, Ill. Additionally, ABC also agreed to an extension of all affiliations with ABC affiliates that Sinclair provides sales and other services to under joint sales agreements.
Sinclair Broadcast Group and the ABC Television Network have a new agreement that extends affiliations across all Sinclair stations to 2022, including station affiliation agreements that had been scheduled to expire at the end of 2017.
Additionally, ABC also agreed to an extension of all affiliations with ABC affiliated stations that Sinclair provides sales and other services to under joint sales agreements. The extended and renewed agreements will expire August 2022.
Contingent upon the closing of Sinclair’s acquisition of Tribune, ABC and Sinclair also agreed to an extension of Tribune’s ABC affiliation agreements in New Orleans, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Moline, Ill. (Quad Cities) to be co-terminus with Sinclair’s ABC affiliations.
The owned stations that had 2017 expirations dates are WJLA Washington; WBMA-WABM Birmingham, Ala.; KATV Little Rock, Ark.; KTUL Tulsa, Okla.; WSET Roanoke, Va.; WCIV Charleston, S.C.; and KHGI-KWNB Lincoln, Neb.
The stations to which Sinclair provides services are WHAM Rochester, N.Y., and WGTU-WGTQ Traverse City, Mich.
The nine renewed markets serve approximately 5.8 million households and the other ABC affiliates, including Sinclair and Tribune stations, serve an additional approximately 11.6 million households.
“We are pleased to extend and renew our agreements with ABC, a longtime partner and provider of some of broadcast television’s most popular entertainment, news and sports programming,” said Barry Faber, Sinclair’s EVP for distribution and network relations. “The renewals reflect the value of the symbiotic relationship between ABC’s programming and the local news and syndicated content we provide.”
“We value our broad relationship with Sinclair across the country,” said John Rouse, EVP of ABC affiliate relations. “This new agreement solidifies the distribution of leading entertainment and informational servicesto our mutual viewers and advertisers for many years to come.”
Sinclair’s 34 ABC affiliates in 30 markets, including the nine listed above, cover 14% of the U.S. and serve 16 million households.