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Sealing a deal with the largest independent operator of the broadcaster’s affiliates in the US while also extending a long-term relationship, Nexstar Media Group has announced a multi-year renewal agreement with ViacomCBS for nine CBS network affiliations.

nexstar 7 aug 2019The stations reach approximately 3.5% of the US audience and nearly four million television households and extends CBS/Nexstar affiliations that were set to expire later in 2020 and covers two top-50 market affiliates, WNCN-TV in Raleigh, NC and KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, NV.

Nexstar is the largest independent operator of CBS affiliates, covering 14% of the U.S. and serving more than 15 million households. Nexstar owns and/or operates CBS affiliates in 41 markets. Nexstar’s CBS affiliates are also locally available to subscribers on CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, and distributed across cable and satellite television services as well as virtual multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) platforms.

In August 2019, ViacomCBS and Nexstar completed an affiliation agreement covering 19 Nexstar stations in 15 markets, reaching approximately 5% of the US audience and nearly six million television households. The agreement announced today, coupled with the August agreement and other prior renewals, marks the long-term extension of substantially all of the ViacomCBS affiliation agreements covering 49 Nexstar television stations.

“We’re pleased to reach an early agreement with Nexstar that builds upon our long-time partnership and enables us to continue serving millions of households across the country,” said Ray Hopkins, president, US networks distribution at, ViacomCBS. “Together with Nexstar, we look forward to continue playing an important role in providing local communities with the trusted news and entertainment that audiences can rely on during these uncertain times.”

Nexstar Media Group president and CEO Perry A. Sook added: “We are delighted to extend our affiliation agreement with ViacomCBS, our largest network partner…The agreement also provides further visibility to Nexstar’s distribution revenue growth following the completion of new multi-year retransmission consent agreements in the second half of 2019 representing approximately 70% of our subscribers.”

As it was closing the deal in the US, ViacomCBS Networks Americas revealed that its global channels MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central and Paramount Channel were available immediately on the DIRECTV GO over-the-top (OTT) service in Mexico. The streaming platform combines live and linear television with on-demand content, including premieres, series, documentaries, movies, sports and a premium offering.