There’s no danger of an affiliation defection for 17 full-power and 2 low-power TV stations owned by Nexstar Media Group through the end of 2019.
The same can be said for 12 stations Nexstar operates, but are owned by five different companies.
A new agreement, announced Wednesday (7/12), guarantees that the stations will stick with FOX through Dec. 31, 2019.
That’s not all: Nexstar now has an over-the-top (“OTT”) master agreement with FOX, as well as specific agreements to launch on all internet-delivered programming services already distributing FOX programming.
In addition to the Nexstar O&Os, Fox Broadcasting Company extended the affiliation agreements for six stations owned by Mission Broadcasting, three stations owned by Marshall Broadcasting, one station owned by Shield Media, one station owned by White Knight Broadcasting, and one station owned by Super Towers. These 12 stations have also entered into an OTT master pact with FOX.
Nexstar Chairman and President/CEO Perry Sook said, “Our new agreement reflects the complementary value that Fox’s programming brings to our viewers and stations when combined with Nexstar’s unique, locally-produced news programming and other content … our affiliation with FOX supports our goals for delivering great entertainment and information to viewers and advertisers anywhere, anytime and on any device, while creating a new revenue stream for Nexstar related to the OTT master agreement.”
Michael Biard, President of Distribution for Fox Networks Group, added, “Our new agreements with Nexstar are an important part of our mutual efforts to extend audience reach while reflecting the value of our programming within the overall FOX network-affiliate relationship. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Perry and his exceptional team.”