WFAA confirmed that effective January 1, 2009, Charter Cable will no longer provide its D-FW subscribers with WFAA’s signal as the cable company and the television station have been unable to reach an agreement as to terms. This action follows years of carriage discussion between WFAA and Charter.
“We have negotiated for two years with Charter on this issue,” said Mike Devlin, WFAA president and general manager, “and are disappointed that Charter has ultimately decided to remove the market’s most popular local news broadcasts, as well as ABC network programming, from their channel lineup.”
WFAA has served the market for nearly 60 years, and is the most watched local television station in D-FW. The station has spent millions to meet the increasing costs associated with digital newsgathering technology and high definition television.
“In this case we have appropriately requested a level playing field,” commented Devlin, who said WFAA has asked Charter for about a penny a day per subscriber to air the station’s signal. “Considering that every other cable company and satellite company compensates WFAA to carry the signal, that Charter has declined our request for such reasonable compensation and opted to drop the station altogether is certainly unfortunate,” added Devlin.
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