BALTIMORE, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the Rentrak Corporation to replace its expiring Nielsen Media Research service with Rentrak's Station Views Essentials service at the stations Sinclair recently purchased from Four Points Media Group in Salt Lake City, UT (CBS and MNT), West Palm Beach, FL (CW and Azteca), Providence, RI (CW) and Austin, TX (CBS and TEL). This agreement with Rentrak also covers WPEC, Sinclair's CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach, extending the existing relationship Sinclair already has with Rentrak covering 12 other television markets.
"We are extremely pleased to extend our relationship with Rentrak," commented Sinclair's Chief Operating Officer, Steve Marks. "The relatively large database size provided by Rentrak's service provides for much greater ratings stability and predictability than would otherwise be obtainable, at a very fair price. We plan to evaluate whether or not to make similar moves in other markets when our contracts with Nielsen come up for renewal in the near future."
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies, owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 74 television stations in 45 markets. Sinclair's television portfolio consists of 20 FOX, 18 MNT, 14 CW, 11 ABC, 9 CBS, 1 NBC, and 1 Azteca station, in addition to 82 sub-channels. Sinclair's television group reaches approximately 26.3% of U.S. television households and is affiliated with all major networks. Sinclair owns equity interests in various non-broadcast related companies. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information and can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.
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SOURCE Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.