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LIN Media and CBS Renew Affiliation Agreements in Ten Markets

linmedia_304x200LIN Media announced today it has signed a “comprehensive, long-term” agreement to renew affiliation agreements with CBS in 10 markets.

The agreement includes WIAT in Birmingham, AL, WIVB in Buffalo, NY, KRQE, KBIM and KREZ in Albuquerque, NM, WPRI in Providence, RI, WANE in Fort Wayne, IN, WTHI in Terre Haute, IN, KIMT in Mason City, IA, KOIN in Portland, OR, WKBN in Youngstown, OH and WLFI in Lafayette, IN.

“We are pleased to have reached long-­term agreements with CBS,” Vincent L. Sadusky, president and CEO of LIN Media said in a statement. “Our stations are important assets to our local communities and these new agreements ensure that LIN Media and CBS will continue to serve local viewers with high-­‐quality network programming.”

LIN recently lost the CBS affiliation at its Indianapolis station WISH, the Indianapolis Star reported, LIN stands to lose as much as $100 million after its proposed deal with Media General was revalued after the loss.

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Charges Dropped Against WTHI Meteorologist Pulled Over for DWI

orpurt_wthiKevin Orpurt, meteorologist for Terre Haute, IN, CBS station WTHI, won’t face criminal charges after being arrested October 25.

The Terre Haute Tribune Star reports, Orpurt was facing two class-A misdemeanors: driving while intoxicated and endangering a person and criminal recklessness with a vehicle and one class-D felony: resisting law enforcement with a vehicle.

On its website, WTHI said Opurt was involved in an accident that eventually led to his arrest.

Vigo County prosecutor Terry Modesitt told WTHI, “It was determined there was not any alcohol in his system and now valid prescriptions have been presented to our office that supports  what drugs were found in his system,” Modesitt added. “It all comes down to making sure you get it right because someone’s career and life’s at stake here and you do not want to charge and prosecute someone.. if the evidence changes.. and now you may not be able to prove a crime was committed.”

Modesitt also told the Tribune Star Orpurt didn’t get any special treatment because he’s on TV. Orpurt started working at WTHI in 1982.

WTHI Reporter Charged With Domestic Battery

WTHI reports Jon Swaner, a reporter for the Terre Haute, IN, CBS affiliate, has been charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

The station seemed to be headed for a bit of a firestrom after viewers noticed the station had posted a story about the upcoming court appearance of Swaner, but then took it down. The station has since reported the story on its 5:00 p.m. news and has reposted the story to its website.

According to WTHI, preliminary charges of misdemeanor domestic battery have been filed against Swaner after he and his wife reportedly got into an argument Friday.

WTHI said when police arrived, Swaner’s wife had blood on her face and cut over her eye.  Both Swaner and his wife told police she was injured after running into a door. The station said the judge in the case is not allowing contact between the couple. Swaner is due back in court Thursday. Read more

Mark Allen Retiring From WTHI in Terre Haute

Mark Allen is retiring from WTHI, the Fox and CBS affiliate in Terre Haute, Ind. He has worked at the station since 1990, anchoring the 6, 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

“They (WTHI-TV) take the business so seriously and I have really enjoyed the fact that they are involved in the community,” Allen told The Terre Haute Tribune-Star. “That is not always the case, especially for TV stations.”

Also retiring from WTHI is local sales manager Jim Swander. WTHI honored the pair with a party Thursday night.

The Tribune-Star reports Mike Cleff, an anchor at WLFI in West Layfayette, Ind., will take Allen’s place at the anchor desk.

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