Kerry Urges Intervention in WABC Dispute

By Andrew Gauthier 


U.S. Senator John Kerry urged federal regulators to intervene in a fee dispute between Cablevision Systems Corp. and Walt Disney Co.s ABC television station in New York before viewers lose access to programming.

Cablevision customers should keep the WABC-TV signal while good-faith negotiations continue, Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Commerce Committees Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, said in a letter yesterday sent by e-mail. The letter was sent to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.

WABC may cut its signal to Cablevision on March 7, jeopardizing access to the Academy Awards telecast that evening for 3 million subscribers in WABC’s broadcast area. More…