Hearst, Time Warner Reach Retrans Agreement

By Merrill Knox Comment

Hearst Television and Time Warner Cable have agreed on a new retransmission consent deal, ending a viewer blackout that has been ongoing since July 10.

“We have reached a long-term agreement with Hearst Television and our customers can expect their signals to be restored to our cable systems shortly. We thank our customers for their patience and their willingness to stick with us through another unnecessary broadcaster blackout,” a statement from Time Warner reads.

“We appreciate the support and patience of our viewers, advertisers and local communities served by our stations, and we regret the inconvenience they’ve experienced over the past 10 days,” said Hearst TV president and CEO David Barrett. “This process has been an important step to insure the ongoing vitality of our local TV service in communities across the country.”

Stations affected were KITV in Pittsburgh, WCVB in Boston, WMTW in Portland, ME, WNNE in Hartford, VT, WPTZ in Plattsburg, NY, WXII in Winston-Salem, KCWE-KMBC in Kansas City, KETV in Lincoln, WLKY in Louisville, WLWT in Cincinnatti, WESH in Orlando and KITV in Honolulu.