Nexstar Media Group and Fox Broadcasting Company Extend Network Affiliation Agreements and Add Over-The-Top Digital Distribution Through 2019
IRVING, Texas – Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) (the “Company”) announced today that it entered into a long-term affiliation agreement with FOX Broadcasting Company (“FOX”) covering its 17 full power and 2 low power owned or operated stations through December 31, 2019. In addition, the Company has reached an over-the-top (“OTT”) master agreement with FOX, as well as specific agreements to launch on all the new internet-delivered programming services already distributing FOX programming.
Separately FOX Broadcasting Company extended the affiliation agreements for six stations owned by Mission Broadcasting, Inc., three stations owned by Marshall Broadcasting, Inc., one station owned by Shield Media, LLC, , one station owned by White Knight Broadcasting, Inc. and one station owned by Super Towers, Inc., which are operated by Nexstar Media and these 12 stations have also entered into an over-the-top (“OTT”) master agreement with FOX, as well as individual opt-in agreements with the aforementioned new internet-delivered programming services.
Perry A. Sook, Nexstar Media Group, Inc. Chairman, President and CEO stated, “We are delighted to extend our affiliation agreements with FOX and add OTT digital distribution rights. Our new agreement reflects the complementary value that FOX’s programming brings to our viewers and stations when combined with Nexstar’s unique, locally-produced news programming and other content. FOX’s programming, including highly-rated sports content such as the NFL, MLB and NASCAR and scripted primetime shows including Empire and The X-Files, are popular with our viewers and our affiliation with FOX supports our goals for delivering great entertainment and information to viewers and advertisers anywhere, anytime and on any device, while creating a new revenue stream for Nexstar related to the OTT master agreement.”
Michael Biard, President of Distribution for Fox Networks Group stated, “We are pleased to extend our affiliation with Nexstar and launch on emerging distribution services in all 31 FOX-affiliated markets. Our new agreements with Nexstar are an important part of our mutual efforts to extend audience reach while reflecting the value of our programming within the overall FOX network-affiliate relationship. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Perry and his exceptional team.”
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 170 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 100 markets or nearly 39% of all U.S. television households. Nexstar’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar’s community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities. For more information please visit www.nexstar.tv.
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