Tribune Broadcasting Renews Affiliation With FOX Network
CHICAGO, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Tribune Broadcasting today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) for the renewal of its six expiring affiliation agreements for Tribune-owned television stations in Seattle (KCPQ-TV), Hartford (WTIC-TV), Indianapolis (WXIN-TV), Sacramento (KXTL-TV), Grand Rapids (WXMI-TV) and Harrisburg (WPMT-TV). Specific financial terms were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with FOX,” said Tribune Broadcasting President Nils Larsen. “The FOX network’s high-quality primetime entertainment programming and live sports coverage, combined with Tribune’s expanded local news provides viewers in our FOX markets with the best that television has to offer.”
Larsen continued, “With this deal, Tribune now joins FOX affiliates nationwide in recognizing the network’s substantial value, and supporting it with a long-term commitment to pay programming fees to FOX. Our distribution partners in particular will benefit from Tribune’s continued FOX affiliation and we look forward to working with them to ensure the ongoing health of local television in their markets.”
FOX Executive Vice President for Network Distribution Jon Hookstratten said, “Supporting our broadcast affiliates with America’s best entertainment and sports programming remains a top priority for FOX. We rely on Tribune to promote and deliver FOX to local viewers alongside Tribune’s own local newscasts and innovative original programming.”
TRIBUNE is one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive. The company’s broadcasting group owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable, the national multicast network Antenna TV and Chicago’s WGN-AM. In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience.