Nexstar Broadcasting's hopes that other local broadcasters may join the fight to receive retransmission fees from cable companies may have been dealt a blow Monday when Cox Communications reached retransmission deals for Clear Channel Communications Inc., and Raycom Media Inc.'s analog and digital signals.
Cox senior vice president of programming Bob Wilson told Multichannel News, "Along with other deals Cox has signed recently, this demonstrates our willingness to work with local broadcasters to reach terms that support the growth of the broadcaster and Cox."
The article said the Clear Channel agreement covers two NBC stations, two CBS stations, one ABC station, four Fox stations, and five UPN stations in Eureka, Bakersfield and Santa Barbara, Calif., Middle America Cox/Arkansas; Cox Gulf Coast; Tulsa, Okla., and Kansas.
The article said the deal with Raycom involves five CBS stations, one NBC station and one UPN station and covers markets in Tuscon, Ariz., Middle America Cox/Arkansas; Middle America Cox/Louisiana; Middle America Cox, East Texas; Baton Rouge, La.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Hampton Roads and northern Virginia.
The terms of the deal were not announced.
Nexstar Broadcasting pulled its stations' programming off Cable One and Cox markets in Joplin, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana at the beginning of the year, and has announced intentions to do so in every market in which it has stations if the cable companies do not reimburse Nexstar for retransmitting its programming.