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Sinclair Ends Retrans Negotiations with Buckeye Cable over WNWO Blackout

sinclair_buckeyeSinclair Broadcasting has announced the retransmission negotiations between its Toledo, OH, NBC affiliate WNWO and Buckeye Cable have ended without agreement.

“We apologize to Buckeye’s subscribers for the inconvenience this has caused,” Barry Faber, Sinclair’s chief negotiator said in a statement. “While we are aware that Buckeye has been providing its subscribers with a monthly credit of twenty-four cents ($0.24) as a result of the absence of WNWO, obviously this represents a mere fraction of the value of WNWO’s programming and is insulting not only to WNWO, but to Buckeye’s own subscribers.”

The very public fight began in December with the Block Communications’ owned Buckeye running ads about the blackout in its owned paper the The Blade. In one ad, Buckeye depicted Sinclair as a Grinch-like figure called “Sinclinch.” In another Buckeye called WNWO a “low-viewership, FREE, over-the-air station with inferior on-air news talent.”

Buckeye’s President and general manager Jeff Abbas said in an open letter on its website, “I want to assure our customers that we want to continue to carry WNWO, we are committed to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement as quickly as possible, and we are willing to pay fair compensation for WNWO’s over-the-air signal on our system. We believe, however, that fair compensation should reflect WNWO’s value to our customers, compared to other Toledo stations.”

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Sinclair Calls Buckeye Cable’s Retrans Attack Ads ‘Silly Antics’

buckeye_sinclair_grinchBuckeye Cablesystem seems to be waging a very public battle against Sinclair Broadcasting in a fight over retrans fees for Sinclair’s NBC station WNWO.

The saga began when Sinclair pulled its newly acquired station off the Ohio based cable system last Sunday.

Buckeye, which is owned by Block Communications, started placing print ads in the Block-owned newspaper The Blade depicting Sinclair as the bad guy in the fight. (see the gallery of ads after the jump)

In one of the ads, Buckeye called WNWO a “low-viewership, FREE, over-the-air station with inferior on-air news talent.” In another, it painted Sinclair as a Grinch figure called “Sinclinch” and wrote, “The people of Metro Toledo like Christmas a lot, But the Sinclinch of Hunt Valley Maryland does not.” Sinclair is based in Hunt Valley, MD

Sinclair EVP and general counsel Barry Faber told TVSpy The Blade refused to allow his station group to buy space in order to give its side of the story.

Calling the tactics employed by Buckeye “juvenile” and “silly antics,” Faber told TVSpy the retrans fight is simple. He said it’s a business deal where one company doesn’t want to pay what another company is asking for. Read more

Sinclair Broadcasting, Insight Cable Fighting Over Carriage Agreement Extension

Sinclair Broadcasting and Insight Cable are facing down a December 31 deadline to renegotiate their existing carriage agreement.

If a deal is not reached by December 31, Sinclair-owned stations that are carried by Insight Cable will be blacked out. The affected stations are WDKY, in Lexington, KY; WSYX-WTTE in Columbus, OH; and WSTR in Cincinnati, OH.

“Like any business, we’re not prepared to sell our product if we can’t get what we think is an appropriate price for the product,” Barry Faber, executive vice president and general counsel for Sinclair, told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Insight is currently being purchased by Time Warner Cable, which had their own retransmission dispute early this year. The Herald-Leader reports the carriage agreement between Sinclair and Insight will expire before that deal is completed.

Sinclair Prepares to Pull 33 Stations from Time Warner Cable

With Sinclair Broadcast Group‘s retrans negotiations with Time Warner Cable going down to the wire, the company is prepared to pull 33 stations from the cable operator’s systems at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s.

TWC recently rejected an offer that would increase the monthly station license fee by roughly 10 cents per subscriber.  According to Sinclair, TWC has yet to make a counter-proposal.

The Baltimore-based company owns 20 Fox, 17 MyTV, 9 ABC, 9 CW, 2 CBS affiliates as well as one NBC affiliate.  They have stations in many top markets, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

Barry Faber, Sinclair’s EVP and general counsel bemoaned TWC’s hard line negotiating. “We simply do not understand why Time Warner insists on being treated better than its competition, rather than accepting our equitable proposal to provide them equivalent or better pricing than is paid by their competition,” he said.