Sinclair, Fox Extend Affiliation Agreements


Sinclair Broadcast Group and the Fox network have extended their affiliation agreements until the end of 2012.

They had been due to expire Mar. 31, 2012.

Sinclair owns or provides services to 58 television stations in 35 markets, including 20 Fox affiliates. The deal includes KFXA Cedar Rapids, which Sinclair operates as part of an outsourcing agreement.

Sinclair has also inked what it calls an "overall programming licensing agreement" with Fox network that allows it "to enter into retransmission-consent agreements with distributors for the remainder of the term of the affiliation agreement," said Sinclair in a statement.

Sinclair faces a retransmission-consent deadline with Time Warner Cable, impacting 33 stations, on Jan. 14. The parties on Dec. 31 extended their contract, which was set to expire that night, through Friday.