More Retrans Deals Done Without Blackouts

Young, Broadcasting, Allbritton, News Press-Gazette, Citadel and Cedar Rapids Television were among the broadcasters that successfully negotiated new retransmission consent contracts prior to year's end.

Among the many negotiations up for renewal by the end of last year, the following were concluded without viewers missing any broadcasts, according to broadcast sources.

Young Broadcasting, which owns 10 television stations, successfully concluded its retrans deals without going off cable or satellite…including deals with Mediacom and the DISH Network. In addition to KRON San Francisco, a news-heavy MyNetworkTV affiliate, Young’s other stations include WKRN Nashville, Tenn. (ABC, DMA 29); WRIC Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (ABC, DMA 57); WCDC Albany, N.Y. (ABC, DMA 58); WATE Knoxville, Tenn. (ABC, DMA 59); WBAY Green Bay, Wis. (ABC, DMA 71); KWQC Davenport, Iowa-Moline, Ill. (NBC, DMA 99); KELO Sioux Falls, S.D. (CBS, DMA 112); WLNS Lansing, Mich. (CBS, DMA 115); KLFY Lafayette, La. (CBS, DMA 123); and KCLO Rapid City, S.D. (CBS, DMA 173).

Allbritton-owned WJLA (ABC affiliate) successfully did its deal with Cox Cable in Fairfax County, VA.

Missouri-based News Press-Gazette (which owns seven network affiliated TV stations in Bend, Ore.; Colorado Springs; El Paso; Grand Junction, Colo.; Idaho Falls; Palm Springs, Calif.; and Yuma, Ariz., successfully did deals with AT&T, Cablevision, Bend Broadband (in Bend, Ore.), and Crestview Cable.

Citadel Broadcasting (which owns five network affiliated stations in Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City, Moline, Ill., and Lincoln, Neb., did deals successfully with Cox Cable, Viacom, Metrocast, and Cable One.

Also, Cedar Rapids Television (KCRG Cedar Rapids) successfully did deals with some 30 small cable operators.

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