Hearst, Time Warner resolve retrans spat

Michelle Clancy | 20-07-2012

Hearst Television and Time Warner Cable have reached a retransmission consent agreement that has ended the 10-day blackout of its local television affiliate feeds to the cableco's customers in certain markets.

"We appreciate the support and patience of our viewers, advertisers and local communities served by our stations, and we regret the inconvenience they've experienced over the past 10 days," said Hearst Television President and CEO David Barrett, in a statement. "This process has been an important step to insure the ongoing vitality of our local TV service in communities across the country."
Hearst Television, a national multi-media company, owns and operates 29 local television stations and two local radio stations, serving 30 U.S. cities and reaching approximately 18% of U.S. television households. The TV stations broadcast 60 video channels, featuring local and national news, weather, information, sports and entertainment programming, and local community service-oriented programmes. The affected markets included Boston, Burlington-Plattsburgh, Cincinnati, Greensboro-Winston Salem, Honolulu, Kansas City, Louisville, Milwaukee, Orlando, Portland, Maine, Pittsburgh and Tampa.