Scripps Renews With ABC Affiliates

The E.W. Scripps Co. renewed its affiliation agreement with the ABC Television Network for its six ABC stations in some of the nation’s top markets representing about 8 percent of U.S. households. The new agreement runs through Jan. 31, 2015.

The deal includes a license fee paid by Scripps to ABC for network programming. Other terms, such as whether or not ABC will get a cut of Scripp’s retransmission fees, an emerging trend in the business, were not disclosed.

Stations covered in the new affiliation agreement are: WXYZ in Detroit (market No. 11), KNXV in Phoenix (No. 12), WFTS (No. 14), WEWS in Cleveland (No. 18), WMAR in Baltimore (No. 27) and WCPO in Cincinnati (No. 33).

Though Scripps’ prior agreement with ABC expired Jan. 31, 2010, the stations operated as ABC affiliates on a short-term extension with ABC.