Cable ONE is currently in negotiations with Northwest Broadcasting in Grenada and Cleveland for the right to retransmit WABG (ABC), WABG2 (FOX), WNBD (NBC), and WXVT (CBS). If an agreement is not reached by midnight on December 31, Northwest Broadcasting has the right to force Cable ONE to remove all of their stations from the Cable ONE channel line-up.
"It's our goal to come to a fair agreement with Northwest Broadcasting by the contract expiration date in order to avoid disruption to our customers," said Cable ONE Vice President John Gosch. "Unfortunately, Northwest currently has a stranglehold on all major network broadcast stations in both Cleveland and Grenada. This reality makes negotiating with Northwest for a fair deal very difficult and does not lend itself to a positive outcome for our customers."
Gosch said that Northwest Broadcasting is currently asking for a rate increase of more than 100% over their previous contract with Cable ONE for each of the four stations – a rate higher than paid to any television broadcaster in any of Cable ONE's other 40+ markets.
"While we work with local, state, and federal officials to address these issues, we encourage our customers to call their local station at 662-332-0949 and ask them to negotiate a rate that is fair," Gosch said.
More information about this negotiation is available at www.StopProgrammingHikes.com
About Cable ONE
Cable One, Inc. is among the 10 largest cable companies in the United States. Serving more than 650,000 customers in 19 states with high-speed Internet, cable television and telephone service, Cable ONE provides consumers with a wide range of the latest products and services, including wireless Internet service, high-definition programming and phone service with free, unlimited long-distance calling in the continental U.S.
Public Relations Director