Bresnan Seals Wyoming Retrans Deal


With a Dec. 31 deadline looming, Bresnan Communications and a broadcaster in Wyoming have reached a retransmission-consent deal involving eight TV stations, officials said Friday.

Officials for Bresnan and WyoMedia Corp. came to terms Thursday night, according to Steve Brookstein, the MSO’s executive vice president of operations.

“No channels will be dropped,” he said. “It was mutually agreeable terms, and we’re good to go.”

Brookstein declined to discuss the exact terms of the new retransmission-consent agreement.

But an AP story Thursday said WyoMedia was considering accepting both advertising commitments and equipment to help in the digital conversion of its stations in exchange for giving Bresnan permission to carry its stations.

Initially, the broadcaster had been seeking cash payments for its stations -- monthly license fees in the neighborhood of 12 cents per home -- from Bresnan.

All eight of the stations involved in the talks are in Wyoming, with most of them owned by WyoMedia.

The TV stations covered in the new retransmission-consent pact include KGWC, a CBS affiliate in Casper-Riverton; KGWL, a CBS affiliate in Lander; and KTWO, an ABC affiliate in Casper-Riverton.