Allbritton Communications’ ABC affiliate in Charleston, S.C., says it hasn’t reached a retransmission consent deal with Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse, so after Dec. 31 the station will not be carried by their systems.
WCIV, Allbritton Communications’ ABC affiliate in Charleston, S.C. (DMA 98) today announced that despite prolonged negotiations, both Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse “are unwilling to carry the station past the end of its current contract.” If no deal is reached the current contract’s expiration on Dec. 31, WCIV will no longer be seen on either Time Warner Cable or AT&T U-verse effective Jan. 1, 2012.
“We are simply seeking a fair deal, which adequately values the award-winning news, sports, entertainment, weather and traffic programming that is paramount to our local viewers,” said Suzanne Teagle, WCIV president and general manager.
WCIV said its programming will remain available for viewers over the air, and this dispute will not affect customers of DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast or Knology. “We have reached long-term agreements with every other major cable and satellite distributor,” Teagle said.