CBS, Sinclair Renew Affiliation Agreements


A quartet of station affiliation agreements that were set to expire at the end of 2018 have been extended, keeping programs such as The Big Bang Theory on four Sinclair Broadcast Group stations.

Sinclair on Monday agreed to a multi-year deal with CBS Corp. that renews three station affiliation agreements that were set to expire at the end of 2018.

The stations are KGAN, “CBS2” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; KGBT-4 in McAllen-Brownsville-Harlingen, Tex.; and WGME-13 in Portland, Me.

CBS also renewed its affiliation with the Granite Broadcasting-owned WTVH-5 in Syracuse, which Sinclair operates via a sales and joint services agreement.

“We are pleased we have reached this renewal agreement with Sinclair,” said Ray Hopkins, President of Network Distribution for the CBS Television Network. “This is a win-win with our longtime partner who recognizes the value that the number one network brings to viewers in these markets, while CBS continues to deliver industry-leading content and achieve both our short and long-term economic goals.”

Barry Faber, Sinclair’s EVP/Distribution and Network Relations, added, “The renewals reflect the value of the symbiotic relationship, with the local news and syndicated content we provide.”

Sinclair’s CBS affiliates cover 8% of the U.S. and serve more than 9 million households.

Sinclair owns or operates CBS affiliates in 24 markets, including the four listed above.

— Adrian Zupp, from Boston