A second TV station has become a casualty of a fight over retransmission fees. NBC affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City went dark last night on DirecTV as a result of the dispute between the satcaster and the station’s owner, Bonneville International.
TVpredictions.com reported today that KSL “posted a notice at its web site this morning saying the satcaster had dropped it from its lineup. Actually, KSL’s signal was removed by the station because the carriage agreement between the two companies expired last night. By law, a TV provider can not carry a local station without its permission.”
The move follows the recent shutdown of San Diego station KFMB-TV on DirecTV systems in that city, as we reported earlier this week. KFMB reportedly remains off DirecTV systems.
KSL reportedly indicated it is trying to obtain “fair market value” for its signal from DirecTV, and said the companies are continuing to negotiate. DirecTV has argued that KSL is trying to obtain three times the amount it was getting in the previous deal, according to media reports.
Salt Lake City is the No. 34 designated market area.