Action follows the settlement of the retransmission consent dispute between the cable operator and the station group in West Virginia. Sinclair says the new agreement runs for three years, but won’t say if it got substantial fees it was seeking.
The FCC today released an order dismissing complaints that Sinclair and Suddenlink had made against one another in connection with their retransmission consent dispute in Charleston, W.Va., last month.
The parties had jointly asked for the dismissal as they neared a settlement of the dispute.
Sinclair last month threatened to deny Suddenlink permission to carry its two network affiliated stations in the market, WCHS and WVAH, unless the cable operator agreed to Sinclair’s stiff monetary demands—a one-time upfront payment of $40 million and $1 per cable sub per month.
Suddenlink ran to the FCC, citing a rule that prohibits dropping TV stations due to retrans during July and other sweeps months.
In an e-mail this morning, Sinclair General Counsel Barry Faber said that the parties have signed a three-year agreement with “mutually acceptable economic terms,” but he decline to divulge details.