Tribune Renews Its ABC Affiliations

The new agreement covers the company's WGNO New Orleans and WQAD Davenport, Iowa, and Dreamcatcher Broadcasting's WNEP Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Tribune Broadcasting says it has reached a comprehensive, long-term agreement with ABC Television to renew the existing affiliations of WGNO New Orleans and WQAD Davenport, Iowa.  In addition, ABC has renewed its affiliation agreement with Dreamcatcher Broadcasting’s WNEP Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., to which Tribune Broadcasting provides operational support under a shared services agreement.

Tribune said the agreement also synchronizes the affiliation renewals of all three television stations, which run to 2019.    

“We are pleased to extend our affiliate relationship with Tribune Broadcasting and look forward to much success together in these three, key ABC markets,” said John Rouse, SVP for affiliate relations for the ABC Television Network.

“This long-term, comprehensive agreement is testimony to the strength of our partnership with ABC Television,” said Larry Wert, president of broadcast media for Tribune Broadcasting. “It enables us to provide an array of high-quality programming to viewers in our local ABC Television communities, including tremendous live events such as next month’s Oscars, as well as local news, sports and entertainment.”

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