Retransmission Consent

Hearst, DirecTV Resolve Impasse

Stations returned to customers Saturday afternoon 1/08/2017 9:45 AM Eastern

Hearst Television and DirecTV reached a retransmission consent agreement Saturday, ending a week-long blackout of channels in 26 markets.


Hearst channels went dark to DirecTV and AT&T U-verse TV customers at midnight on Jan. 1 after the parties could not reach a retrans agreement. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.


“We remain committed to the future of localism – ensuring the viability of local investigative journalism, breaking news and weather coverage, and quality local and national programming,” said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb in a statement on its station websites at about 3 p.m. Jan. 7. “We regret the inconvenience to DirecTV subscribers and are indebted to them and all of our advertisers for their support.”

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