Fox Extends Sinclair’s Affiliations into 2012; Time Warner Talks Continue
January 12, 2011
HUNT VALLEY, MD.: Sinclair Broadcast Group said today that its affiliation agreements
with Fox that were due to expire March 31, 2012 have been extended
to Dec. 31 of that year. Twenty of SBG’s 58 TV stations are Fox affiliates. The
extension also covers KFXA-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa which Sinclair operates under
a local marketing agreement.
SBG said it also entered into a programming licensing agreement with the Fox allowing
it to do retransmission consent agreements with distributors for the remainder of
the term of the affiliation agreement.
SBG now has 33 stations in limbo with Time Warner Cable, the retransmission agreement
for which expired Dec. 31, 2010. The two remain in talks. Though sabers have rattled
about pulling signals, none have been. Negotiations continue under an extension
ending Jan. 14. In recent developments, SBG has said Time Warner declined to increase
monthly retrans fees by 10 cents per subscriber.
Time Warner in turn says it has secured rights to network feeds should Sinclair pull local
affiliate signals: “We will provide all available
Big 4 network programming in the event that Sinclair takes away its signals,” Rob
Marcus, president and chief operating officer of Time Warner Cable said recently.
Fox affiliates with skin in the game include KABB-TV in San Antonio, Texas; KBSI-TV
in Girardeau, Mo.; WDKY-TV in Lexington, Ky.; WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, Penn.; WRGT-TV
in Dayton, Ohio; WSYT-TV in Syracuse, N.Y.; WTAT-TV in Charleston, S.C.; WTTE-TV
in Columbus, Ohio; WUHF-TV in Rochester, N.Y.; WUTV-TV in Buffalo, N.Y.; and WVAH-TV
in Charleston, W.V.