Spectrum, Tribune reach deal, returning stations to local cable

By on January 11, 2019

The blackout of the Norfolk CBS and CW affiliates and WGN America on Spectrum has come to an end, after Charter reached a retransmission agreement with station owner Tribune Broadcasting on Thursday.

WTKR-3, WGNT-27 and WGN America were removed from the cable system covering the Outer Banks, Elizabeth City, Ahoskie and Suffolk on Jan. 2. Subscribers in the Richmond-area lost their CBS affiliate, WTVR.

The dispute was over annual fees cable and satellite companies pay local stations for the right to carry the signals on their systems.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement that will return Tribune Broadcasting’s local television stations and WGN America to Spectrum customers and Tribune’s viewers,” the companies said in a joint statement.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. It covers 33 local TV stations in 24 markets across the U.S. and WGN America, Tribune’s cable entertainment network.

The channels are expected to return to the cable system as fast as possible, a Tribune spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Customers in Dare County still had access to the Greenville CBS affiliate, WNCT-9, which is owned by Nexstar and was not affected by the Tribune dispute. Nexstar announced last month it will buy Tribune for $4.1 billion.

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