CBS Corporation announced it has wrapped a deal renewing its affiliation deals with 12 LIN Media stations in ten markets. The agreement includes renewals for KRQE in Albuquerque, N.M.; KBIM-TV in Roswell, N.M.; KREZ-TV in Durango, Colo.; WIAT in Birmingham, Ala.; WIVB-TV in Buffalo, N.Y.; WANE in Fort Wayne, Ind.; WLFI-TV in Lafayette, Ind.; KIMT in Mason City, Iowa; KOIN in Portland, Ore.; WPRI in Providence, R.I.; WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Ind.; and WKBN-TV in Youngstown, Ohio.
“Nearly all of LIN’s CBS stations rank #1 in their markets, and we are gratified that the full value of that CBS programming has been recognized. We look forward to reaching LIN’s more than 4 million households for years to come,”said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation.
The process was not pain-free. The announcement comes not longer after CBS announced it was moving its affiliation away from the LIN station in Indianapolis; CBS announced earlier this month it was moving to the Tribune station in that market at the start of 2015. That did not improve the value of LIN’s WISH-TV in the market – Tribune’s station becomes the new home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and also will broadcast other live sports including NCAA football and basketball games. The drop in station value, in turn, affected LIN’s merger plans with Media General.
Today's announcement comes just days after CBS announced a new affiliation pact with Gray TV for 26 stations, as the media company renews pacts with 200+ affiliate stations nationwide.