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Sinclair, ABC Still Negotiating Affiliate Agreements

Extension added to previous extension for nine Sinclair outlets
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ABC and Sinclair Broadcast Group have extended the affiliate agreements covering Sinclair's nine owned or operated ABC outlets until February 28. The two parties continue to negotiate the terms of the agreements, which were set to expire December 31, 2009, and had already been extended a month.

ABC has been pushing its affiliates to share programming costs as part of their agreements with the networks. Some have deemed the costs to be reasonable, while others have chafed. WPGA Macon, Ga., for one, split with ABC at the end of 2009 over retransmission consent payments.

"We certainly don't have the wherewithal to pay the fees they're demanding," WPGA President Lowell Register told B&C.

Sinclair reports fourth quarter earnings Feb. 17.

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