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E.W. Scripps


has made a deal to extend its affiliation with



ABC television network through Jan. 31, 2015.

The affiliation agreement applies to six Scripps stations including WXYZ in Detroit, KNXV in Phoenix, WFTS in Tampa, WEWS in Cleveland, Baltimore's WMAR and WCPO in Cincinnati.

"I'm pleased that we're able to continue the productive relationship we've had with ABC for many more years," Scripps television station group senior vice president Brian Lawlor said. "This new agreement reflects our shared belief in the power of a high-quality national programming provider combined with local affiliates that have trusted news brands and strong influence in their communities."

The previous ABC-Scripps affiliation agreement had expired on Jan. 31, 2010, but the companies continued operating under short-term extensions.

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Through the agreement, Scripps pays ABC a license fee for the network's programming. The ABC stations in the Scripps television division cover approximately 8% of U.S. households.

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