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Fed Up With Getting Scranton’s News, Mayor of Utica, N.Y., Urges WKTV to Reach Agreement With Time Warner Cable

Jan 4, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The mayor of Utica, N.Y., isn’t happy with the local news that sometimes appears on WKTV, the city’s NBC affiliate station, reports WKTV.com. That’s because the local news from Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Pa., occasionally ends up in the Utica market, prompting the mayor to urge WKTV’s owner to reach an agreement with Time Warner Cable.

"My uncle asked me about a flood that was happening in the city. We had no flood. It was about Pennsylvania having a flood. This is very confusing to our residents," said Mayor David Roefaro.

That and calls from confused and upset constituents convinced the mayor to urge Smith Media, which owns WKTV, and Time Warner to restart negotiations to try to reach an agreement that would determine the fair value of WKTV’s programming and allow that programming to be carried by the cable company, the story notes.

The mayor pointed out that Time Warner Cable’s franchise agreement with the city is up, and said he will start contacting other signal providers if city residents can’t get their local news, the article notes.

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