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ABC Renews Affiliation Agreement with Gannett Broadcasting

gannett_logoGannett and ABC have announced a long-term affiliation agreement for all Gannett’s ABC stations.

Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting, said in a statement, “This agreement is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of both companies and positions both of us for the near and long term on multiple forms of distribution.”

“We’re very pleased to extend our agreements with the Gannett-owned ABC Stations,” said John Rouse, SVP of affiliate relations for the ABC Television Network. “Gannett is a strong and important partner of the ABC Television Network, and we look forward to continuing our long-time collaboration with them.”

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ABC Board Approves Three Year Deal with NewsOne

abc logo_304x200A new three year deal with ABC NewsOne has been approved by the ABC Television Affiliates Association Board of Governors.

The agreement addresses the use of content on traditional platforms as well as digital and social media platforms.

“During the time that this agreement has been developed, the ways in which television stations and ABC produce news content has both expanded and changed in many ways,” John Rouse SVP of ABC Affiliate Relations said in a statement. “We have gone to great lengths to try to capture current uses, as well as anticipate future uses of video, with reciprocity as a guiding principle.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

NewsOne provides round the clock coverage of news and sports to ABC owned and affiliated stations, domestic programs, foreign news agencies and ABC News.

ABC Gets a New Home in Northern Mississippi

WTVA, home of the NBC affiliate in the Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, MS market (#133), will add the ABC TV network to its digital channel 9.2 Saturday morning. The current ABC station in the market WKDH will cease operations Friday night. WTVA already operated WKDH through a local marketing agreement, but today announced a long term deal with ABC bringing programming to the digital channel.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with WTVA coverage in the Columbus/Tupelo market,” said John Rouse, SVP of Affiliate Relations for ABC. “Local viewers will continue to be able to see all their favorite ABC and ESPN on ABC programs, including this Saturday’s 2012 Cowboys Classic featuring Michigan vs. Alabama.”

On its website, WKDH wrote, “It is with extreme regret, remorse, and disappointment that we must make the following announcement. Due to financial conditions in recent years, effective at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2012, WKDH will terminate operations for the foreseeable future.”

NBC-Affiliate KSBW Becoming ABC-Affiliate As Well

KSBW, the NBC-affiliate for the Monterery-Salinas-Santa Cruz market, is set to become an ABC-affiliate as well.  The Hearst-owned station announced on Monday that it will begin carrying ABC programming on its digital sub-channel.

Historically, viewers in the Central Coast region have relied on KNTV in nearby San Jose for its ABC programming.  Now, as the result of a new affiliation agreement, KSBW will carry ABC’s regular programming, as well as syndicated shows, on its 8.2 digital channel.  In addition to ABC shows, the station will broadcast KSBW’s newscasts on the sub-channel.

“The Central Coast has never had a local ABC affiliate. Now we can bring viewers NBC shows, plus the great line-up from ABC,” said Joseph Heston, KSBW’s president and GM.  “Best of all, the #1 rated newscast in our region, ‘KSBW Action News 8,’ will be seen on both channels.”
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