Journal Broadcast Group, Time Warner Cable Announce Deal for Stations to Return to TWC
Journal Broadcast Group (NYSE: JRN) today announced it has reached a new long-term retransmission consent agreement for television carriage of Journal stations for Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) customers in Milwaukee, Green Bay/Appleton, Omaha, Nashville and Palm Springs DMA markets. Journal Broadcast Group stations in Milwaukee, Green Bay/Appleton, Omaha and Palm Springs will return to the Time Warner Cable line-up later today.
“This is the result we were working so hard to achieve. It was essential for us to receive fair market value for our products and services so that we can continue to invest in the high-quality local and network programming our viewers deserve,” said Andre Fernandez, President and CFO of Journal Communications.
“We're very happy that all our viewers and customers can again receive our award-winning local newscasts, network programming and community service initiatives,” Fernandez added. “We're pleased that Time Warner subscribers will again be able to see NFL Sunday Night Football, ‘The Voice,' and the rest of the NBC/CBS new fall seasons. The agreement also guarantees they will have access to special programming, such as the 2015 Super Bowl and the next two Olympic games.”
Journal Broadcast Group retains control of “TV Everywhere” rights for live network program streaming to smart phones, tablets and computers.
“We'd like to thank our audience and advertisers for their patience and support during what has been a challenging time,” Fernandez said.
Channel Position Details
The stations affected by this agreement are WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee; WGBA-TV and WACY-TV, Green Bay/Appleton, Wis.; KMTV, Omaha; KMIR-TV; KPSE-LP, Palm Springs, Calif.; and WTVF, Nashville.
The agreement ensures that all of Journal HD channel positions remain the same. The channel positions for Journal's stations on Time Warner Cable systems are now as follows:
Station Market Analog/SD HD 2 (in Milwaukee TV WTMJ (NBC) Milwaukee market), except 83 (in 1004 Kenosha/ Racine/Plymouth System*) 13 (in Green Bay TV 1007, except WGBA (NBC) Green Bay market), except 10 (in 1014 (in Marinette System) and 14 Cleveland (in Cleveland System) System) 1013 (upon WACY (MYTV) Green Bay 83 January 1, 2014)** KMIR-TV (NBC) Palm Springs 13 606 KPSE-LP Palm Springs 20 n/a (MYTV) KMTV-TV (CBS) Omaha 99 1003 * Both companies are working to find new channel assignment in these markets **Effective date 1/1/14
Nashville's WTVF was not affected by the blackout as it was operating under a separate, existing contract. WTVF was included as part of the new agreement reached today, effective January 1, 2014, and will continue to operate on its current channel positions.
As part of this agreement, Journal Broadcast Group has been able to arrange for WACY-TV viewers to enjoy the station's entertainment, particularly local sports programming, in high definition for the first time.
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