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Nexstar renews ABC affiliate deals for TV stations

Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. said Tuesday that it extended long-term network affiliate agreements with ABC for nine of its TV stations and will switch one station in Terre Haute, Indiana, from Fox to ABC.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. said Tuesday that it extended long-term network affiliate agreements with ABC for nine of its TV stations and will switch one station in Terre Haute, Indiana, from Fox to ABC.

The Terre Haute station will relaunch as WAWV-TV on Sept. 1, and cease to be WFXW-TV. The station's Fox affiliate deal expired in June 2010 although it kept operating as a Fox station under the previous terms.

Nexstar CEO Perry Sook said that ABC, owned by The Walt Disney Co., has a solid lineup of prime-time programming, including shows such as "Modern Family" and "Dancing with the Stars."

The deal will increase the amount of high-definition programming available to local viewers, he said.

Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales to 63 television stations in 34 markets and reaches about 13 million viewers. Its stations are affiliated with the major networks, including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, MyNetworkTV, The CW and Telemundo.