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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

UPDATE: WTVW NOT affected by Nexstar/Mediacom negotiations; Local 7 agreement runs through '13

UPDATE #2, 11:35 a.m.:  Contrary to information currently being broadcast by WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW, only one of Nexstar's Evansville-area TV stations - WEHT Local - is in danger of being pulled from the Mediacom channel lineups in six Western Kentucky counties, representatives of both companies confirmed Wednesday.

Mediacom spokesman Tom Larsen said that WTVW is not in danger of being pulled from the company's cable lineups in Caldwell, Crittenden, Daviess, Henderson, Hopkins and Ohio counties.

"While we are currently in negotiations with Nexstar for continued carriage of WEHT, we have a contract to carry WTVW well into the future," Larsen said. "We contacted Nexstar regarding your story, and they said they are not running any spots regarding Mediacom customers losing WTVW."

Nexstar president, chairman and CEO Perry Sook likewise stated that WTVW's contract with Mediacom is not ending at this time. "WTVW is covered by a separate agreement which is in force through 2013," Sook said. He added that the company is "checking into (the spots currently airing on the stations) internally."


UPDATE #1, 10:15 a.m.:  I have contacted Nexstar management seeking comment on WTVW's inclusion in the spots presently running.  I'll add more if and when I get it.

On Monday, I reported that Nexstar has been running spots and messages during Eyewitness News on WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW regarding the company's stalled negotiations for a new carriage agreement with Mediacom.

Following last night's article which I wrote for the Courier & Press, Tom Larsen of Mediacom media relations got in touch with me this morning to let me know that WTVW is not in any danger of being pulled from the company's cable lineups in six area counties.  "While we are currently in negotiations with Nexstar for continued carriage of WEHT, we have a contract to carry WTVW well into the future," Larsen said.

That may well be true, but it appears that someone at Nexstar isn't giving Mr. Larsen the whole story.  "We contacted Nexstar regarding your story, and they said they are not running any spots regarding Mediacom customers losing WTVW," he told me.

Of course, if you've been watching TV over the past several days, you know that those spots do indeed mention WTVW as well as WEHT.

I'll keep you posted ...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've seen the spots all over the place. They were on the air during their 6:30 newscast.

Jake's DTV Blog said...

They've been running since last week, and they all say the same thing (although not in these words): Both WEHT and WTVW are at risk of being pulled. But Nexstar's CEO assured me personally that WTVW's contract with Mediacom runs through 2013 and it is NOT affected at this time. I take the man at his word ... the question now is, who included WTVW in those spots, and why?

Anonymous said...

Have you noticed how many commercials are being clipped on both stations? The overall quality has gone down hill there. I'm switched to another station.

Jake's DTV Blog said...

Yes I have ... and it is annoying.