Cable One Ends North Dakota Retrans Dispute

ABC affiliates in Fargo, Grand Forks return

CableOne said it has resolved a retransmission-consent dispute that darkened two ABC-affiliated stations to its customers in Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D. for three days.

Forum Communications’s WDAY-TV in Fargo and WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks went dark at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 after the parties could not reach a retrans agreement. Forum Communications said via its station websites that it continued to negotiate with the cable operator even after it pulled its signals.

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Cable One in an earlier statement said Forum was demanding a 100% price increase for its programming and had rejected an offer from the cable company to receive a rate consistent with what the network receives in other markets.

Apparently those differences were worked out on Monday. In an email message Cable One corporate communications director Patricia Niemann said the dispute had been resolved. Later she added that Cable One reached the agreement with Forum Communications at about 1 p.m. Mountain Time (Cable One is based in Phoenix) and all stations were up and running. No other details were immediately available.

On its station websites, WDAY and WDAZ said a signed agreement had been returned to Cable One.