CBS Corp. has come to terms on an affiliation agreement that extends the CBS affiliation for stations in Salt Lake City, Austin, South Bend and Gainesville. The multiyear agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group covers stations serving more than 2 million households.
The stations are KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah; KEYE-TV in Austin, Texas; WSBT-TV in South Bend, Ind.; and WGFL-TV in Gainesville, Fla. Overall, Sinclair owns or operates CBS affiliates in 24 Markets serving more than 9 million households and covering 8% of the U.S. television market.
“The new deal also includes the renewal of participation in CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, plus a commitment to distribution of Sinclair’s CBS affiliates via the new YouTubeTV live television service in markets where the offering is available,” the companies said in today’s announcement. “In addition, the companies agreed to assign Tribune’s CBS affiliation agreements to Sinclair upon planned closing of the merger.”
Ray Hopkins, President of Network Distribution for the CBS Television Network, said in the announcement: “We are pleased we have reached this agreement with our longtime and valued partner, Sinclair. In renewing this deal, it is clear that Sinclair recognizes the value that the most watched network’s popular programming brings to the viewers in each market and to their business as a whole.”
Barry Faber, Sinclair’s Executive Vice President for Distribution and Network Relations, added: “We share CBS’s enthusiasm for the renewal of these affiliation agreements and the other aspects of this deal. We believe that the network-affiliate model provides great benefits to both parties and are pleased to have the value of this symbiotic relationship continue to be reflected in our relationship.”