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Belo Strikes Long-Term Retrans Deal with DirecTV

Belo stations will remain on DirecTV.

In an 11th hour announcement–similar to the one DirecTV and Fox made a day earlier–the satellite provider reported late Tuesday that it had reached a new retrans agreement with Belo, ending talk of a possible blackout.

“We have reached a long-term agreement with Belo that will allow our customers to continue to enjoy their favorite channels and shows,” DirecTV announced in a statement.  “These disputes should never involve viewers and we appreciate our customers’ patience as we worked to successfully complete this agreement.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fox Ends Blackout Threats, Strikes Deal with DirecTV

Fox and DirecTV announced this evening that they have reached an agreement to keep Fox’s TV properties, including local Fox stations, on the satellite TV provider.

“We both know the past ten days have been challenging,” the companies said in a joint statement, “but we’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together to ensure our viewers continue to enjoy Fox programming.”

Fox and DirecTV had been working towards a new deal involving Fox’s cable channels, such as FX and National Geographic Channel, but local stations were recently dragged into the fight with Fox threatening to pull its broadcast programming off DirecTV if a deal wasn’t reached.

Now all appears to be settled, although terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Belo Stations May Go Dark at Midnight on DirecTV

DirecTV subscribers in markets like Dallas, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Portland may soon have one less option on their TV dials.

Belo–owner of WFAA in Dallas; KTVK in Phoenix; KMOV in St. Louis; and KGW in Portland, OR; as well as several other stations across the country–has yet to reach a new carriage agreement with DirecTV as the existing one is set to expire at midnight, tonight. Read more

Belo, DirecTV Facing November 1 Deadline to Resolve Retrans Dispute

Belo Television and DirecTV are facing a November 1 deadline to come to an agreement on a retransmission-consent deal.

Belo claims their 20 stations (view a list of them here)are undervalued by DirecTV. “They pay channels with far fewer viewers more,” Doug Armstrong, general manager of Belo’s KTVB in Boise, told the Idaho Statesman.

Belo started notifying their viewers of the dispute with commercials earlier this week. DirecTV, which says on their website that negotiations with Belo are ongoing,  issued a statement to the Dallas Observer disputing the notion that viewers are at risk of losing the stations. Read more

Tribune Co. Names Eddy Hartenstein CEO

Tribune Co., which owns 24 stations across the country including WPIX in New York and WGN in Chicago, announced today that its board of directors has appointed Eddy Hartenstein, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, as president and CEO.

“The board feels strongly that it is in Tribune’s best interests to have one person providing strategic vision and day-to-day direction for the company and its employees as we prepare to emerge from the Chapter 11 process,” said Sam Zell, Tribune’s chairman, in announcing the move.  “Eddy is a gifted executive—he knows our operations, understands how technology is changing the media industry, and can help the company capitalize on those changes to continue achieving meaningful financial results.”

Hartenstein will continue to serve as publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times.  Before joining Tribune, Hartenstein served as chairman and CEO of DirecTV.

“Tribune’s unique mix of broadcasting, publishing and digital assets, along with its forward-looking technology group, positions the company well for success,” said Hartenstein.

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