AT&T has resolved a retrans dispute that kept the Olympics off DirecTV in Boston. The deal restored DirecTV access to Sunbeam TV-owned Boston NBC affiliate WHDH, as well as CW affiliate WLVI. The two were blacked out on DirecTV’s program guide in mid-July.
DirecTV and Sunbeam Television have ended a stalemate in Miami-Fort Lauderdale that has kept the local Fox affiliate blacked out on the satellite service since mid-July, but the two companies remain at odds on retrans renewals deals for Sunbeam’s Boston NBC and CW affils, WHDH and WLVI.
Sunbeam Corp. — whose WHDH Boston is slated to lose its NBC affiliation at year’s end — stands to take another hit if it fails to reach a new carriage agreement with Dish Network by the end of the week. Sunbeam has been warning viewers of WHDH and its CW-affiliate WLVI that those stations will go dark on Dish after July 29 if it fails to come to new terms with the country’s No. 2 satellite provider.
In Boston, local NBC affiliates WHDH Channel 7 and WLVI Channel 56 went dark following a breakdown between station executives and AT&T-owned DirecTV on July 15th. In Miami, Fox affiliate WSVN Channel 7 was blacked out over a similar dispute. The stations are all owned by Sunbeam Television.
Sunbeam Television on Wednesday announced changes in its national sales management at WHDH (NBC) and WLVI (CW) Boston (DMA 8), effective immediately. (WHDH is losing its NBC affiliation at the end of this year.) Morgan Guthrie has been named national sales manager for WHDH. She has been an account executive at WHDH since September of 2011. Gutherie […]
Sunbeam promotes WHDH national sales manager to head sales at the Boston duopoly. He’s succeeded by Charles Shiebler, while Paul Bertoli will head national sales at WLVI.
The former sales director will now oversee NBC affiliate WHDH and CW affil WLVI.
Sunbeam has named Bubba Burns VP-GM and promoted from within to fill his spot as sales director and others.
The owner of WSVN Miami and WHDH and WLVI Boston signs a carriage deal with the satellite TV provider, avoiding a Super Bowl blackout.