Tegna Board Adds Melinda Witmer

Melinda Witmer, a former executive at Time Warner Cable (now Charter Spectrum), has been elected to the board of directors of Tegna Inc., effective immediately, the company announced today. “We are thrilled to have someone with Melinda’s expertise and perspective join Tegna’s Board,” said Marge Magner, Tegna chairman. “She knows the industry well and will enhance […]

RETRANS

TWC Exec Gives No Quarter in Retrans Talks

Meet Melinda Witmer. She is the smart, hard-nosed lawyer who is behind Time Warner Cable efforts to pay broadcasters the least in retransmission consent fees and extract the most from other pay TV operators for TWC’s regional sport networks in Los Angeles. Executives who have done business with Witmer say she stands out, negotiating like a courtroom trial prosecutor, quick to identify loopholes and potential snags. Her tactics have led to TWC being involved in more retrans blackout than any other cable operator. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here.