LIN stations have gone dark in six markets in a retransmission fight with cable company Mediacom, reports B&C. The stations are WALA-TV/WFNA-TV, Mobile-Pensacola; WOOD-TV/WOTV, Grand Rapids; WANE-TV, Fort Wayne; WLUK-TV, Green Bay; WTHI-TV, Terre Haute; and WLFI-TV, Lafayette, Ind.
LIN said it has given a one-week extension to WAVY-TV and WVBT-TV in Norfolk so that viewers in that area can "still receive our local news coverage of Hurricane Irene," according to a statement from LIN, the story notes.
Mediacom said in a statement that LIN pulled its stations because the television company "is demanding a huge increase in the fees that Mediacom pays to carry their stations," the story notes.
LIN has a different take on the dispute, saying, "Please know that we have tried hard to reach an agreement with Mediacom, so that our viewers would not have to miss any of our stations’ around-the-clock reporting," the article says. LIN added that it will continue to negotiate with Mediacom.