Sinclair, ABC Agree on License Fees for Affiliates

By Andrew Gauthier 

Broadcasting & Cable

Sinclair Broadcast Group has come to terms with ABC for renewal agreements for Sinclair‘s nine ABC affiliates. The agreements are good through August 2015 and involve Sinclair paying a license fee to the network to help cover the cost of programming.

Sinclair and ABC had pushed back agreement deadlines several times as the two parties negotiated a new deal; the initial deadline was the end of 2009.

“We believe the length of this new term continues to demonstrate the robust viability of the network/affiliate model,” said Sinclair President/CEO David Smith. More…