Carriage Pact Ends Cox Stalemate With Station Groups

Oct 20, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Cox Communications on Thursday reached an agreement with Nexstar Broadcasting and Mission Broadcasting in which it will pay the two station groups a retransmission fee to carry the broadcasters’ signals on Cox’s cable systems.

The agreement ends a nearly year-long stalemate that resulted in Cox removing the station groups’ signals from cable systems in San Angelo and Mount Pleasant, Texas; Bossier City and Minden, La.; and Magnolia, Ark.

Nexstar is locked in a similar fight with Cable One.

Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed, though Nexstar Chairman and CEO Perry Sook said Nexstar and Cox “reached an economic agreement that is acceptable to both parties.” Last December, when the battle between Cox and Nexstar first broke out, Nexstar was demanding to be paid between 25 cents and 30 cents per subscriber per month.

The carriage agreement with Cox covers the analog and digital signals of 12 Nexstar stations and nine Mission stations in 13 markets in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas.