26 Jan Tribune Broadcasting Renews ABC Television Affiliation Agreement
Agreement Covers Company’s Three ABC-TV Affiliates
Tribune Broadcasting today announced that it has reached a comprehensive, long-term agreement with ABC Television to renew the existing affiliations of WGNO-TV (New Orleans) and WQAD-TV (Davenport, Rock Island, Moline). In addition, ABC has renewed its affiliation agreement with Dreamcatcher Broadcasting’s WNEP-TV (Wilkes Barre), to which Tribune Broadcasting provides operational support under a shared services agreement. Importantly, the agreement also synchronizes the affiliation renewals of all three television stations, making them coterminous in 2019.
“We are pleased to extend our affiliate relationship with Tribune Broadcasting and look forward to much success together in these three, key ABC markets,” said John Rouse, Senior Vice President for Affiliate Relations for The ABC Television Network.
“This long-term, comprehensive agreement is testimony to the strength of our partnership with ABC Television,” said Larry Wert, President of Broadcast Media for Tribune Broadcasting. “It enables us to provide an array of high-quality programming to viewers in our local ABC Television communities, including tremendous live events such as next month’s Oscars, as well as local news, sports and entertainment.”
Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching more than 50 million households, national entertainment network WGN America, available in approximately 71 million households, Tribune Studios, and Gracenote, one of the world’s leading sources of TV and music metadata powering electronic program guides in televisions, automobiles and mobile devices. Tribune Media also includes Chicago’s WGN-AM, the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds other strategic investments in media. For more information please visit www.tribunemedia.com.
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