Policy

Cox Inks Pair of Retrans Pacts

7/18/2005 7:45 AM Eastern

Cox Communications Inc. has reached retransmission-consent deals with both Clear Channel Communications Inc. and Raycom Media Inc. for the two broadcasters’ analog and digital signals, officials said Monday.

“Along with other deals Cox has signed recently, this demonstrates our willingness to work with local broadcasters to reach terms that support the growth of the broadcaster and Cox,” Bob Wilson, the MSO’s senior vice president of programming, said in a prepared statement.

The Clear Channel agreement includes two NBC stations, two CBS stations, one ABC station, four Fox stations and five UPN stations. The markers involved are Eureka, Bakersfield and Santa Barbara, Calif.; Middle America Cox/Arkansas; Cox Gulf Coast; Tulsa, Okla.; and Kansas.

Cox’s retransmission-consent deal with Raycom includes five CBS stations, one NBC station and one UPN station. And the agreement involves Cox markets such as Tucson, Ariz.; Middle America Cox/Arkansas; Middle American Cox/Louisiana; Middle America Cox/East Texas; Baton Rouge, La.; Cleveland; and Hampton Roads and northern Virginia.

Terms of the deals with Raycom and Clear Channel weren’t disclosed.

Cox has been involved in a retransmission-consent dispute with Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. for nearly seven months now. That disagreement has forced Nexstar stations off Cox systems in several markets in Texas.

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