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Sinclair renews affiliation agreement with Fox Broadcasting

The Chico-area studios of Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate KCVU Channel 20. (Photo by Matthew Keys for The Desk)
The Chico-area studios of Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate KCVU Channel 20. (Photo by Matthew Keys for The Desk)

Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fox Corporation have renewed an affiliation deal that will keep Fox programming on Sinclair-owned or operated stations in nearly four dozen metropolitan areas.

The agreement announced on Wednesday includes an early renewal of Fox’s affiliation agreement with Sinclair in 17 of 41 markets where the company owns a local Fox broadcast outlet or operates one through a shared services agreement on behalf of another company.

“We are pleased to reach this comprehensive renewal with Fox, inclusive of the early renewal of 17 markets,” William Bell, the Senior Vice President and Head of Distribution and Network Relations at Sinclair, said in a statement. “Premiere sports, such as the NFL, including the Super Bowl in February 2025, ‘Baseball Night in America,’ the World Series and college football and basketball, have never been more important, and we are pleased to be able to continue to pair Fox’s premiere sports and entertainment programming, which remain exclusive to broadcast, with our best-in-class local news and syndicated programming for years to come.”

“We are pleased to extend our partnership with Sinclair, and we are delighted these stations will continue to be the top destination in these 41 markets for our shared viewers to access all of Fox’s leading Entertainment and Sports content,” David Espinosa, the President of Distribution at Fox Corporation, said on Wednesday.

Stations affected by the affiliation agreement include KMPH (Channel 26) in Fresno, California; KCVU (Channel 20) in Chico, California; WUHF (Channel 31) in Rochester, New York; and KFOX (Channel 14) in El Paso, Texas.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).