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Rupert Murdoch may be reportedly lurking in the background eyeing up some of its assets, but Sinclair Broadcast Group is steaming ahead with business inking a multi-year deal with ABC Television Network extending affiliations across all Sinclair stations through to 2022.

sinclairABC 11Jan2018Sinclair's 34 ABC affiliates operate in 30 markets, cover 14% of the US and serve 16 million households. The deal with ABC includes station affiliation agreements that had been scheduled to expire at the end of 2017.

Stations which had 2017 expirations dates served approximately 5.8 million households and the other ABC affiliates, including Sinclair and Tribune stations, serve an additional around 11.6 million households.

ABC has also agreed to an extension of all affiliations with ABC affiliated stations that Sinclair provides sales and other services to under joint sales agreement. The extended and renewed agreements will expire August in 2022. Furthermore, contingent upon the closing of Sinclair's acquisition of Tribune, ABC and Sinclair have also agreed to an extension of Tribune's ABC affiliation agreements in New Orleans, LA, Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, PA, and Moline, IL (Quad Cities) to be co-terminus with Sinclair's ABC affiliations.

“We are pleased to extend and renew our agreements with ABC, a long-time partner and provider of some of broadcast television's most popular entertainment, news and sports programming,” said Sinclair executive vice president for distribution and network relations Barry Faber. “The renewals reflect the value of the symbiotic relationship between ABC's programming and the local news and syndicated content we provide.”

“We value our broad relationship with Sinclair across the country,” added John Rouse, executive vice president ABC affiliate relations. “This new agreement solidifies the distribution of leading entertainment and informational services to our mutual viewers and advertisers for many years to come.”