Monday, September 26, 2005

Mediaweek article covers retransmission battle

A Mediaweek article online today indicates the battle for retransmission rights which has kept KODE and KSNF off Cable One in Joplin will be expanded to other markets in the near future.
Cable operators expect to be left without network affiliates in some areas next year, the article said.
The article quoted Duane Lammers, Nexstar COO, though he did not say anything he has not said before. "We are asking for compensation; they refuse to pay. Hence, no cash, no carriage."
To which Tom Basinger, Cable One vice president, repeated his company's mantra, "As long as Nexstar says, 'Pay me to carry my station,' I would say there is no chance of resolving the dispute."
The article indicates the same battle will take place all over the country next year as retransmission rights expire.

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