After a series of extensions, Time Warner Cable said it has reached a long-term agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group for continued carriage of its 28 local stations in the 17 of the MSO's markets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Time Warner Cable and Sinclair had reached an agreement in principal on Jan. 15, which kept the Sinclair stations on the air during negotiations. After first expecting to hammer out a definitive deal on Jan. 22, extending it to Jan 28 and again to Feb. 2, the two parties finally reached a compromise.
"We're pleased to reach a long-term agreement with Sinclair Broadcasting without any interruption in service for our customers," Time Warner Cable president and chief operating officer Rob Marcus said ina statement. "We appreciate our customers' patience and support throughout this negotiation, and thank them for their patronage."
According to a press release from Sinclair announcing the deal, the agreement involves the following stations:
WLFL & WRDC (Raleigh, NC), WCGV & WVTV (Milwaukee, WI), KABB & KMYS (San Antonio, TX), WSYX & WTTE (Columbus, OH), WSTR (Cincinnati, OH), WUTV & WNYO (Buffalo, NY), WSYT & WNYS (Syracuse, NY), WXLV & WMYV (Greensboro, NC), WRGT & WKEF (Dayton, OH), WGME (Portland, ME), WUHF (Rochester, NY), WDKY (Lexington, KY), WCHS & WVAH (Charleston, WV), WTAT & WMMP (Charleston, SC), WTVZ (Norfolk, VA), WPGH & WPMY (Pittsburgh, PA), and KBSI (Cape Girardeau, MO).
In addition, Sinclair said Time Warner Cable will produce a 6:30am, 6:00pm and 11:00pm half-hour local news program, Monday through Friday, on Sinclair's ABC affiliate, WXLV-TV, in Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC beginning January 2012.