Cox Subs Dark in Six Raycom Markets
Baton Rouge, Tucson, Cleveland among broadcast shutoffs in retrans stalemate
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/2/2013 5:08:57 PM
Paul McTear, Raycom president and CEO, says it's Raycom's first retrans blackout in the 15-year company history.
"We've signed up 180-plus cable, satellite and telephone company operators in the last 18 months," said McTear, "including several that are many times larger than Cox."
"Raycom is withholding their programming because Cox won't give them a price increase that's more than 200% higher than what we already pay them for programming that is available for free over the air," said Cox in a statement. "We are actively negotiating to get the channels back at a reasonable price."
McTear said negotiations have been ongoing since October.
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