Warning Issued About Looming Deadline in Carriage Dispute

Dec 27, 2018  •  Post A Comment

‘Tis the season for carriage dispute deadlines, and one that appears to be heating up is between Charter’s Spectrum and Tribune Broadcasting. Deadline reports that Tribune’s stations are advising about 6 million subscribers to the Spectrum cable service of a potential blackout.

“Tribune said 33 stations in 24 markets could go dark across Spectrum systems if a deal cannot be reached by midnight on New Year’s Eve,” Deadline reports. “Its national cable network, WGN America, would also be affected for 14 million customers. Charter is the No. 2 U.S. cable operator, with about 16 million residential customers.”

In a press release, Tribune Media spokesman Gary Weitman said: “The NFL playoffs begin Jan. 5 and we want football fans in our markets to be able to watch these games and root for their favorite teams — we want to reach an agreement with Spectrum. We’ve offered Spectrum fair market rates for our top-rated local news, live sports and high-quality entertainment programming, and similarly fair rates for our cable network, WGN America. Spectrum has refused our offer.”

Deadline quotes a brief statement from Charter saying: “We continue to negotiate with Tribune and hope to reach a fair agreement.”

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