The two fail to reach a new retransmission consent agreement following a five-day extension of negotiations to Sept. 5.
Cox Communications and Hearst Television weren’t able to reach a renewal of their retransmission consent agreement for the carriage of Hearst Television’s stations on Cox’s cable systems. As a result, Hearst stations are no longer being carried by Cox Communications cable systems.
Hearst had previously granted Cox a five-day extension in hopes of concluding a renewal of its carriage agreement with Cox by Sept. 5, and said it offered an additional three-day extension (which would have allowed us to notify our respective viewers and customers of the potential impasse) in order to continue discussions, but, Hearst said, Cox refused the additional extension.
“We are disappointed that Cox has refused our customary offer to extend our agreement, especially during this period of severe weather” stated Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb. “As a local broadcaster, we are keenly aware of the importance of serving our local viewers during times like these. Our stations work diligently every day to provide access to important news and weather, as well as vital emergency information. Our commitment to the local communities we serve will continue regardless of this impasse.”
“While we had hoped to conclude our negotiations before the extended Sept. 5 deadline, Cox has refused to continue those discussions and is seeking the right to carry our stations at below market rates, which is neither fair nor reasonable,” Hearst said. “Hearst Television has made significant investments to deliver premier programming, including critical local news and weather programming like the type we have provided during Harvey and the post-hurricane relief efforts.
“While our stations are not available on Cox’s systems, we have not ‘blacked out’ our stations. You may continue to receive our stations for free, over the air, and, where available, from your local cable or satellite operators.”
Hearst added that it regretted “the inconvenience Cox’s actions have imposed on its subscribers, and we will keep you fully informed of developments.”