Ops Dispute CMT Reports2/13/2000 7:00 PM Eastern
New York -- Multichannel News reported last week
that CBS Cable had signed 15-year contract extensions for its Country Music Television
channel with a total of eight top MSOs and satellite providers.
But sources -- including operators that could not be
reached by press time for the Feb. 7 edition -- said last week that the only companies
that actually signed 15-year deals for CMT were AT&T Broadband & Internet
Services, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications Inc.
CBS Cable claimed that MCN misconstrued the lengths
of the contracts it discussed for the Feb. 7 story, although most of the same MSO names
and contract terms were also included in a published report in another industry
CBS Cable executive vice president Lloyd Werner told MCN
in the Feb. 7 story that CMT also had a new contract with Charter Communications Inc. A
Charter spokeswoman said last week that the company has not signed a new contract with CBS
Cable, adding that the MSO's current deal expires in 2003.
Also, Cablevision Systems Corp. has not signed a new
contract with CBS Cable, a source said. A CBS Cable spokeswoman said the company has an
"ongoing relationship" with Cablevision. A Cablevision spokesman said the
company doesn't comment on terms of its carriage deals.
CMT also does not have 15-year deals with Adelphia
Communications Corp., DirecTV Inc. and EchoStar Communications Corp., as was reported.
Adelphia is in the second year of a 10-year contract. DirecTV and EchoStar are in the
second year of five-year deals, the CBS Cable spokeswoman said.