Six-gun salute as Fox renews affiliate deals with Tribune

Editor | 28-07-2012

Not quite with the same panache of near stablemate BSkyB, which has proved its corporate power over the past few days, News Corp’s Fox Broadcasting has renewed six expiring affiliation agreements for Tribune-owned television stations.

Tribune claims to be the one of the leading multimedia companies in the US with interests in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive, owning or operating 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable, the national multicast network Antenna TV and Chicago's WGN-AM.
Even though specific financial terms have not been disclosed, FOX has confirmed that it has maintained business with Tribune affiliates in Seattle (KCPQ-TV), Hartford (WTIC-TV), Indianapolis (WXIN-TV), Sacramento (KXTL-TV), Grand Rapids (WXMI-TV) and Harrisburg (WPMT-TV).
"We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with FOX," commented Tribune Broadcasting President Nils Larsen. “With this deal, Tribune now joins FOX affiliates nationwide in recognising 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."
Added FOX Executive Vice President for Network Distribution Jon Hookstratten: "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."