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Armstrong Williams points the finger at Duane Lammers, the agent most of these groups hired to negotiate on their behalf.

https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/howard-stirks-holdings-at-t-strike-retrans-deal

 

A deal was only made after Howard Stirk used another negotiator and was able to work out a deal.  Deerfield and Gocom Media of Illinois likely did the same.

 

As for Waitt / Second Generation and Roberts, they're probably still in limbo under Lammers.

 

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Another group of the Sinclair shells are back....the MPS Media stations.

https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/att-re-adds-4-local-cw-nbc-affiliates-to-directv-att-tv-now/

 

That just leaves Second Generation of Iowa (KFXA), Waitt (KMEG), Tennessee Broadcasting (WNAB), Mercury Broadcasting (KMTW)  and Roberts Broadcasting (KMTR).

 

Interesting facts:

The Waitt company that owns the KMEG license has no ties to the company that once owned it.  One of their former stations, WFXL was once owned by the original Waitt who was acquired by Raycom, who divested it to Barrington when they merged with Liberty (since they owned WALB).

 

Mercury Broadcasting was the founder of WJTC in Pensacola.  They formed an LMA with Clear Channel who owned WPMI, then a FOX affiliate.  They became a legal duopoly in 2000, and BOTH were shelled to Deerfield in 2012 with their sale by Newport Television since Sinclair already owned WEAR and WFGX.

Back to Mercury, who Clear Channel recruited when Paramount wanted out of running KSCC (now KMTW) and ran them out of KSAS.  The arrangement lasts into this day through Clear Channel, Newport, and now Sinclair.

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23 minutes ago, tyrannical bastard said:

And it appears the dispute is now over, as AT&T has reached deals with all of the affected sidecars...some agreements going back a few weeks.

 

https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/at-t-reaches-agreement-with-cw-affiliate-in-nashville

 

 

Based on these reports, it appears that AT&T does not have any ongoing disputes at this time and all available channels are on the air, just in time for the holidays, and the NFL playoff races.

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AT&T and NPG are in dispute, with stations set to be pulled after 5 PM CST on Monday 12/16. A note on station sites links to a statement on the NPG main site. http://www.npgco.com/SaveMyLocalStation

 

**UPDATE** - Per a response to a visitor post on KRDO's FB page a tentative agreement has been reached with no carriage interruption.

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Does the carriage dispute between AT&T and Hearst include DirecTV? 

 

Because I've been checking the guide on DirecTV and KOCO hasn't started running the info channel about that as of yet

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4 minutes ago, oknewsguy said:

Does the carriage dispute between AT&T and Hearst include DirecTV? 

 

Because I've been checking the guide on DirecTV and KOCO hasn't started running the info channel about that as of yet

DirecTV and U-Verse, and AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now). Hearst usually is the type that won't ticker-plead until the eleventh hour.

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WISN had a ticker notice on last night's 5:30 news. Annoyingly, they used the beep alerts that usually signify severe weather. Granted, this isn't severe weather season, but it still grabbed my attention. I sort of think the beeping should be reserved for severe weather, sort of like how the EAS alert tones can't be used for anything else but EAS.

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3 hours ago, LoadStar said:

WISN had a ticker notice on last night's 5:30 news. Annoyingly, they used the beep alerts that usually signify severe weather. Granted, this isn't severe weather season, but it still grabbed my attention. I sort of think the beeping should be reserved for severe weather, sort of like how the EAS alert tones can't be used for anything else but EAS.

 

I'm assuming that they were running something about the carriage dispute on that ticker.  And I agree that the beeping should be reserved for severe weather.

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22 minutes ago, TheRyan said:

 

I'm assuming that they were running something about the carriage dispute on that ticker.  And I agree that the beeping should be reserved for severe weather.

Yes, my apologies at leaving that out. I thought context in the thread (and the thread topic) would have clarified that.

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3 hours ago, LoadStar said:

Yes, my apologies at leaving that out. I thought context in the thread (and the thread topic) would have clarified that.

 

No worries 😀

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Here's a big one....
https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/comcast-may-lose-nexstar-locals-wgn-america-more-tomorrow/

 

Nexstar....we all saw that one coming.   This is a rarity for Comcast, but now that AT&T has decided to misbehave as a mega-conglomerate, now's their chance too!

 

 

Looking at Comcast's list on their website, it appears Marquee, Waterman and Paxton (WPSD)  are up in February, and Gray & Graham in March.  This likely allows for plenty of time for negotiation, and Comcast is being forthcoming about these contracts coming up...

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2 hours ago, tyrannical bastard said:

Here's a big one....
https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/comcast-may-lose-nexstar-locals-wgn-america-more-tomorrow/

 

Nexstar....we all saw that one coming.   This is a rarity for Comcast, but now that AT&T has decided to misbehave as a mega-conglomerate, now's their chance too!

 

 

Looking at Comcast's list on their website, it appears Marquee, Waterman and Paxton (WPSD)  are up in February, and Gray & Graham in March.  This likely allows for plenty of time for negotiation, and Comcast is being forthcoming about these contracts coming up...

Worth mentioning that Comcast isn’t even including WGN America or WE TV on new packages. Probably they knew they were going to go away. 

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