Tribune Stations Go Dark on Cablevision
Last night at midnight, four Tribune Broadcasting stations, two My Network affiliates and two CW affiliates, went dark for Cablevision customers because of a disagreement on retransmission consent fees. The affected stations are WPIX in New York, WPHL in Philadelphia, KWGN in Denver, and WCCT in Connecticut.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cablevision says, “The bankrupt Tribune Co. and the hedge funds and banks that own it, including Oaktree Capital Management, Angelo Gordon & Co. and others, are trying to solve Tribune’s financial problems on the backs of Cablevision customers. Tribune and their hedge fund owners are demanding tens of millions in new fees for WPIX and other stations they own. They should stop their anti-consumer demands and work productively to reach an agreement.”
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Tribune’s response is, “Cablevison took this action despite our offer of an unconditional extension of the current carriage agreement with no change in terms while negotiations continued. To be clear, Tribune was willing to provide Cablevision subscribers access to the valuable programming on these stations while working toward a new agreement. Tribune never made any threat to withdraw these stations or any demand that Cablevision remove them. Tribune makes a substantial annual investment in local news, live sports and high-quality entertainment programming. Cablevision has never compensated Tribune for the retransmission of its local stations, which are among the most highly watched channels on Cablevision’s lineups.”
Tribune says that the retransmission fees would amount “to less than a penny a day per subscriber.” In March, 23 Tribune stations and WGN America went dark on DirecTV over the same disagreement that the company is now having with Cablevision.
Posted on August 17, 2012, in Cablevision, DirecTV, Fox, MyNetwork, The CW, Tribune Broadcasting and tagged cablevision, kwgn, mynetwork, myphl, mypix, retransmission fees, stations go dark, the hollywood reporter, tribune, tribune broadcasting, tribune stations, wcct, wphl, wpix. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.