A battle over Seattle television station KCPQ-TV appears to be resolved, with the announcement that 21st Century Fox has extended the Fox affiliation agreement with the Tribune-owned station through July 2018, Deadline.com reports.
The agreement keeps the Seattle Seahawks on the station, along with popular Fox programming such as “The Simpsons,” the report notes.
“Last month Fox said that it would withdraw its programming on January 17. It wanted more lucrative terms from — or possibly to buy — the station in the home of the NFL’s 2014 Super Bowl champions,” the story reports.
“Tribune says that it will ‘pay additional programming fees to Fox for the prime time in sports content provided by the network’ beginning in January,” the report notes, adding: “Even so, over the life of the new contract the station will generate average annual cash flow ‘in excess’ of the $13M Tribune reported for it last year, it says.”
The suggestion, according to the report, is that Tribune is hoping to increase fees it charges cable and satellite distributors for carrying KCPQ.
Said Tribune CEO Peter Liguori: “Tribune is not only Fox’s largest local affiliate group, but also has a far-reaching business partnership with Fox [on] nearly 20 syndicated programs as well as ‘Salem,’ a WGN America original series.”