DMA 29 (NASHVILLE)

Scripps, CBS Renew WTVF Affiliation

New owner Scripps signs a three-year renewal for its Nashville CBS outlet.

The E.W. Scripps Co. and CBS have signed a new three-year affiliation agreement for WTVF Nashville (DMA 29).

Scripps acquired WTVF in April when it merged its broadcast assets with those of the former Journal Communications. It also acquired a second CBS affiliate — KMTV Omaha, Neb., whose affiliation agreement expires in mid-2016. It was 1996 when Scripps last had a CBS-affiliated TV station.

“Scripps is very pleased to have begun a new relationship with CBS,” said Brian Lawlor, SVP of broadcast for Scripps. “CBS brings us strong primetime programming, a great sports lineup and an aggressive over-the-top partnership with CBS All-Access. We look forward to using the strength of our combined resources to satisfy the news and information needs of the WTVF audience and the Nashville region.”

“Our long-time affiliate in Nashville, WTVF, is a powerhouse news station with a strong commitment to serving its community,” said Ray Hopkins, president of network distribution for CBS. “We are pleased that the station’s new owner, Scripps, recognizes the value CBS programming brings to their business, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with them.”


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