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FCC Acting Chairwoman ‘Really Distressed’ Over Time Warner/CBS Dispute

Broadcasting & Cable reports, Mignon Clyburn, the acting chairwoman of the FCC, has expressed her frustration with the lack of progress in the ongoing retransmission dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS during a press conference after the commission’s monthly public meeting.

“Quite frankly I am deeply disappointed that the parties seem to be unable to reach a retransmission agreement,” Clyburn said. “I am really distressed that consumers and viewers are being adversely affected and my primary concern remains with them. We will continue to urge both parties to stay and resolve in good faith this issue as soon as possible.”

Time Warner Cable pulled CBS owned stations from its system because of a dispute over retransmission fees. Time Warner subscribers in New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and other owned station markets have been blacked out since last Friday.

CBS executive vice president Martin Franks confirmed with CBS moneywatch yesterday the two sides have resumed negotiations.

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