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Nexstar and Cable One Come to Agreement

Dec 19, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Nexstar Broadcasting said Monday that it reached an agreement with Cable One that ends a nearly year-long stalemate between the two companies over carriage of Nexstar’s television stations in several markets by the cable operator.

Details of the agreement were not disclosed beyond saying the four stations involved in the dispute would immediately return to Cable One systems. Three of the stations are owned by Nexstar, while the fourth is owned by Nexstar affiliate Mission Broadcasting.

Nexstar pulled the four stations off of Cable One’s systems late last year after the two companies could not reach a retransmission agreement.

The deal comes nearly two months after Nexstar ended a 10-month standoff with Cox Communications when Cox agreed to compensate the broadcaster for carrying its digital and analog signals. Broadcasters are increasingly demanding cable operators compensate them for their signals. Then in November Nexstar reached a retransmission agreement pact with Insight communications, though the two companies did not have a dispute.

Monday’s agreement covers KSNF-TV, a Nexstar-owned NBC affiliate in Joplin, Mo.; KTAL-TV, an NBC affiliate in Shreveport, La.; KAMR-TV, an NBC affiliate in Amarillo, Texas; and KODE-TV, a Mission-owned ABC affiliate in Joplin that Nexstar manages.