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Granite Stations Go Dark on Mediacom Systems in Carriage Dispute

Jun 1, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Stations owned by Granite Broadcasting Corp. in a number of markets have gone dark on Mediacom Communications cable systems after the companies failed to come to terms on retransmission consent, TVNewsCheck reports.

The three stations affected are KBJR-TV (NBC-MNT) in Duluth, Minn.; WISE-TV (NBC-MNT) in Fort Wayne, Ind.; and WEEK-TV (NBC) in Peoria, Ill.

Mediacom released a statement in which it said, in part: “After extensive negotiations towards a new agreement, Granite is still demanding more than double the per subscriber price paid under the prior contract. Since these costs will ultimately be absorbed by the hard working residents of rural Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota, we have repeatedly communicated to Granite that their outrageous financial demands are unacceptable.”

The Mediacom statement also accuses Granite of “using a blackout to hold our customers hostage.”

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you for standing up on our behalf. Sorry that greed has caused this issue I believe in reasonable profit not gouging. Ron McCombs McLean IL.

  2. My son was really disappointed that we lost our NBC station from Duluth. He waits all year for American Ninja Warrior.

  3. Anticipated all day the first Stanley Cup playoff between Blackhawks and Lightning. Had to spend an hour on the internet to find out we are in the blackout zone initiated by Granite City. We appreciate Mediacom holding down our costs.

    Granite City: REALLY!?!?! The playoffs? You have certainly made a name for yourselves…which can’t be repeated here.

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