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Mobile’s WALA Getting New Set, HD Upgrade

Mobile Fox-affiliate WALA will start producing newscasts from a new studio in high definition this Spring.

WALA’s newscasts have been broadcast from a temporary set (pictured) for the past several weeks while the new set is under construction, according to the station’s Facebook page.

“We’re building a brand new set at the moment,” WALA reporter Andrew Perez wrote. “We are temporarily using another set in the very back of our studio … should only be a few more weeks before we unveil the brand new set and Fox10 News in HD.”

WALA will be the third station in the market, after WEAR and WKRG, to produce HD newscasts. WPMI also has plans to upgrade to HD this Spring.

[h/t Newscast Studio]

LIN Reaches Retrans Deal with Cox, Averting Blackout

LIN Media and Cox Communications reached a new retrans agreement on Wednesday, avoiding a blackout of LIN stations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, and Alabama.

The previous retrans deal was set to expire at midnight on Wednesday.

“We are pleased to inform you that we have reached a contract with Cox,” LIN announced in a statement posted on the websites of stations affected by the negotiations.  “We appreciate your tremendous support throughout these negotiations.” Read more

LIN Stations Restored For Mediacom Subscribers

After nearly six weeks, Mediacom customers have access to nine LIN Media-owned stations that have been dark while the two parties negotiate their retransmission agreement.

The stations were restored late Friday night after a deal was struck. Mediacom and LIN Media have been in ongoing negotiations since August 31, but terms of the final deal were not disclosed.

The stations affected were WALA-WFNA in Mobile, WOOD-WOTV in Grand Rapids, WANE in Fort Wayne, WLUK in Green Bay, WTHI in Terre Haute and WLFI in Layfayette, IN, and  WAVY and WVBT, both in in Norfolk, VA.

A Month Later, Little Progress in LIN-Mediacom Stalemate

Tomorrow marks one month since LIN-owned stations in seven markets went dark for Mediacom subscribers, and the stalemate is showing no signs of progress.

A uniform statement on the LIN-owned stations’ sites says negotiations are ongoing. “Unfortunately, we do not know if, or when, we will reach an agreement,” the statement, which has not been changed all month, reads. “In the meantime, we hope you will continue supporting local television and watch us through alternative means.”

According to Broadcasting & Cable, Mediacom sent a letter to the FCC this week, asking their help in preventing blackouts during retransmission disputes. The FCC has previously claimed they have no authority regarding the issue. Read more

LIN Stations Go Dark for Mediacom Subscribers

As of 5 p.m.ET yesterday night, LIN Media-owned stations went dark for customers who have Mediacom Cable service, as the two parties failed to renegotiate a retransmission agreement.

“Without fair and equitable treatment, local TV stations will not be able to continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to you,” a statement on the LIN Media website reads.

The stations affected are WALA-WFNA in Mobile, WOOD-WOTV in Grand Rapids, WANE in Fort Wayne, WLUK in Green Bay, WTHI in Terre Haute and WLFI in Layfayette, IN. LIN-owned stations WAVY and WVBT — both in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia — will remain on the air for another week, the result of a contract extension granted to Mediacom so affected viewers can still receive local news coverage of Hurricane Irene’s aftermath.  Read more

Mediacom Customers in Mobile Warned About Possible Loss of Local TV Programming

Mobile stations WALA, the Fox affiliate, and WFNA, the CW affiliate, are warning viewers who are Mediacom Cable customers that their access to local television programming is on the verge of being interrupted.

At issue is the retransmission contract between Mediacom and LIN Media, which owns the two stations. The current agreement expires on August 31, and if a new agreement is not reached, Mediacom cannot legally air programming from WALA and WFNA.

According to the WALA website, which has an extensive question-and-answer section about the potential blackout, the two parties are still negotiating “for the fair market value of our stations.” Read more

KLRT Names Hubert Tate 9 p.m. Weekend Anchor

Hubert Tate has been named weekend anchor at KLRT, the Fox affiliate in Little Rock.

Tate, who has been anchoring the 9 p.m. weekend broadcast at KLRT since late July, joined KLRT from WALA in Mobile, where he was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. Prior to WALA, Tate also worked at KLFY in Lafayette, LA. He began his career as a video editor at WJTV in Jackson, MS, which is his hometown.

Tate replaces Justin Earley, who left KLRT in June to join KYTX in Tyler, TX, as an anchor. Tate co-anchors the 9 p.m. weekend broadcast with Kelly Dudzik.

LIN Media Warns Viewers of Potential COX Blackout

LIN Media stations along the east coast are warning viewers of a potential blackout this week if their parent company cannot reach a new retrans agreement with COX Communications. LIN’s current carriage deal with COX expires at midnight on March 31st.

“Please know that we are working hard to reach a new agreement with COX so you will not lose your favorite programming,” reads a statement from LIN that has been posted on the websites of affected stations. “If we do not reach an agreement, by law, COX cannot carry our television stations on its cable system.”

LIN’s statement goes on to suggest that, in the event of a blackout, viewers switch to a competing pay-TV provider.

Here’s a list of the stations that could go dark this week… Read more

LIN and DISH Stare Down Friday Retrans Deadline as FCC Meets to Discuss the Issue

LIN Media‘s current retrans agreement with DISH Network expires at midnight on Friday and the company is ready to pull 27 of its stations off of the satellite service, just at the FCC plans to review the rules governing carriage negotiations.

The showdown is just the latest in a long line of recent disputes between station owners and service providers as both try to affirm their standing in an ever-evolving media landscape.

“Our highly rated television stations are important assets to our local communities and it is unfortunate that DISH does not recognize their fair market value,” said Vincent Sadusky, LIN’s president and CEO, in a statement.

According to DISH, LIN is asking for “more than a 140 percent rate hike.”  With the deadline looming, the two parties are continuing negotiations and both sides say that they’re hopeful that a middle ground can be reached by Friday.

The LIN-DISH dispute comes at a particularly significant time for retrans negotiations since the FCC is set to examine the rules governing the relationship between broadcasters and cable/satellite companies this week. Read more

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