The agreements with Sinclair-owned stations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Harlingen, Texas; and Portland, Maine, were set to expire at the end of next year. CBS also renewed its affiliation with a station in Syracuse, N.Y., for which Hunt Valley-based Sinclair provides sales and other services under a joint sales agreement. The TV stations are located in markets serving about 1.5 million households.
Barry Faber, Sinclair’s executive vice president for distribution and network relations, said the agreement reflects a symbiotic relationship between the network, which provides entertainment and sports programming, and Sinclair, which provides local news and syndicated programs.
“This is a win-win with our longtime partner who recognizes the value that the number one network brings to viewers in these markets,” said Ray Hopkins, president of network distribution for the CBS Television Network.
Sinclair owns or operates CBS affiliates in 24 markets, covering 8 percent of the U.S. and serving more than nine million households.