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.”