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Sinclair, Time Warner Cable reach deal

The protracted battle over carriage rights between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Time Warner Cable ended Wednesday with agreement on a multi-year deal.

Time Warner agreed to carry 28 television stations that Hunt Valley-based Sinclair owns or operates in 17 markets.

Terms of the deal were not released.

The standoff had been over carriage fees — the money network TV providers such as Sinclair charge for the right to carry their stations. Sinclair made an offer to Time Warner in December that was met with silence from the cable system. Time Warner, the nation’s second largest cable operator, does not operate in Maryland but has 14.4 million customers in 28 states.

Also as part of the deal, Time Warner will produce a 6:30 a.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. half-hour local news program, five days a week on Sinclair’s ABC affiliate, WXLV-TV, in Greensboro/Winston-Salem, N.C., beginning January 2012.

Sinclair owns, operates, programs or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 35 markets. Sinclair’s television group reaches approximately 22 percent of U.S. television households.

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