Today, Nexstar and FOX announced a deal to renew their partnership and keep FOX content on Nexstar-owned networks. With this deal, Nexstar will keep its 12 FOX affiliate stations and continue to manage stations for Whit Knight Brodacstin and Mission Broadcasting. In total Nexstar owns or manages 41 television stations, reaching almost 22 million households.
“As the #1 FOX-affiliated television station group in the country, Nexstar is proud to extend its longstanding relationship with FOX,” said Andrew Alford, President of Nexstar’s broadcasting division in a statement sent to Cord Cutters News. “The strength of the network’s entertainment programming and live sports, together with Nexstar’s outstanding coverage of local news, weather and sports in the communities we serve is an unbeatable combination for viewers and an incredibly effective platform for our advertising and marketing clients.”
“We are pleased to continue our affiliation with Nexstar, our longstanding and valued partner,” said David Espinosa, President of Distribution for Fox Corporation. “FOX and Nexstar together provide leading primetime, sports and local programming to our audiences, and this new agreement allows us to continue delivering an unparalleled television experience to our viewers for years to come.”
This comes as Nexstar-owned locals are still dark on DIRECTV, DIRECTV STREAM, and U-verse TV. This deal will not bring those channels back to DIRECTV-owned services. There is still no word on any possible end to that fight.
Fox Corporation manages FOX local television groups under the FOX banner. Most FOX stations are independently operated by groups like Nexstar.