Buckeye Gets Another Retrans Extension from NBC Affiliate

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Buckeye CableSystem has won another retransmission-consent extension from WNWO-TV, an NBC affiliate in Toledo, Ohio, officials said Monday.

Buckeye, with 150,000 subscribers, on Sunday afternoon received an extension until the end of the day Sept. 10, according to Tom Dawson, the system’s director of government and regulatory affairs.

However, WNWO’s own Web site Monday was saying that it had just granted Buckeye a 10-day extension to continue carrying its signal, which would keep the station on the system’s lineup “through the Labor Day holiday.”

WNWO officials couldn’t be reached for comment Monday to explain the discrepancy.

During the latest extension both sides indicated that retransmission-consent negotiations, hung up over what kind of compensation Buckeye should pay to carry the station, would continue.

On Sunday, Buckeye ran a full-page ad on its dispute with WNWO in the Toledo Blade, which is owned by its parent company, Block Communications.

Buckeye’s retransmission-consent agreement with WNWO, which is owned by Barrington Broadcasting, expired July 31. But the station had granted Buckeye an extension until Aug. 24, so local viewers wouldn’t miss out on Summer Olympics programming.

But the Aug. 24 extension was set to expire until the newest extension was granted.

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