Time Warner Cable Terminates Negotiations with Hearst Television – KITV Up In the Air

KITV released the following statement on it’s Facebook page regarding their station going off the air:

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Time Warner Cable, on behalf of itself and Bright House and Insight, for which it has negotiating authority, has terminated negotiations with our company, Hearst Television, for continued carriage of KITV.

Hearst has successfully concluded over 150 carriage agreements in recent months with other cable companies with no disruption of service to subscribers.  This contrasts with Time Warner’s disruptions of service and withdrawal of carriage of local television stations in other cases.

Time Warner Cable refuses to pay our station a reasonable fee relative to what it pays for other significantly less popular channels.  Time Warner’s characterization of the percentage increase in carriage fees we are seeking is inaccurate.   We have sought a reasonable increase consistent with the increased costs we have to pay for our highly valued programming and the carriage fees now paid to us by Time Warner’s competitors. The fees we are asking from Time Warner are based on the fees we are being paid by other cable companies under our recent deals, which is the real measure—not Time Warner’s exaggerated and distorted claims—of the fairness of our proposal.  In fact, retransmission fees paid to stations are just 7 cents of every dollar of the total carriage fees paid to cable networks, which are less popular than local TV stations, according to recent independent research.

We regret the inconvenience Time Warner Cable has imposed on its subscribers, and we will keep you fully informed of developments.

Contrary to Time Warner’s claim, we have not “blacked out” our station.  You may continue to receive our station for free, over the air, or by satellite from DIRECTV or DISH, and, where available, from other cable operators.

Viewers can determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Hearst Stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.

Customer service numbers for other providers carrying Hearst Station signals include the following:

DIRECTV: 1-888-777-2454

DISH Network: 1-800-823-4929

Hawaiian Telcom:  643-3456 or 1-877-482-2211

Hearst Television, a national multi-media company, owns and operates 29 local television stations and two local radio stations, serving 30 U.S. cities and reaching approximately 18% of U.S. television households.  The TV stations broadcast 60 video channels, featuring local and national news, weather, information, sports and entertainment programming, and local community service-oriented programs.  The stations also host and operate digital on-line and mobile platforms that extend the company’s brands and content to local, national, and international audiences.  Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry’s premier companies, and has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism, industry innovation, and community service.  Hearst Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst Corporation.  The Company’s Web address is www.hearsttelevision.com.

3 Responses

  1. Thanks for the info. I have a contract with Oceanic Time Warner Cable for my business. They have been slowly adding surcharges and funds to my bill monthly and when I called Oceanic about it last month I was told that all those charges are “fees” and that I must pay them. I believe they are wrong as my bills show a steady change each month with added surcharges and funds. I am about to take them to arbitration then court. Maybe you could find out if anyone else has this problem with Oceanic?

  2. Er, Damon, that headline is misleading. KITV is “on the air”–broadcasting.. Broadcasting is sending out a signal over the airwaves. It’s just not on cable..

    • Good point… however since this is my blog… and at my house where I catch the station… it is now “off the air”. ;)

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