Fargo, N.D.-based Forum Communications has learned the hard way just how much this FCC hates broadcast deals of any size.
A deal for Forum Communications Company to acquire Fox affiliates KVRR Fargo, N.D., and KQDS Duluth, Minn., has come undone. The deal failed to materialize as both Forum Communications and Red River Broadcasting awaited what is called a “Big Four waiver request” from the FCC. The waiver would have allowed Forum to acquire a second “Big Four” network affiliate in the Fargo market.
Cable One subscribers in North Dakota currently don’t have access to two local ABC affiliates amid a retransmission dispute with station operator Forum Communications. Forum has put statements on the websites of ABC affiliates WDAY in Fargo and WDAZ in Grand Forks, informing viewers that its contract with Phoenix-based Cable One expired on Sept. 8.
DirecTV subscribers can once again watch Forum Communications-owned ABC affiliates WDAY Fargo, N.D., and KBMY Minot-Bismarck, N.D., now that a signal carriage agreement has been reached,
DirecTV lost Forum Communications’ stations WDAY, WDAZ and KBMY, ABC affiliates in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck, N.D., respectively, Thursday as the NBA Finals got underway on the network that night.