CBS, TWC Talks Extend to Midnight

Negotiations Involve 13 Stations in Eight Markets

Time Warner Cable and CBS have opted to take their retransmission-consent negotiations into the wee hours of the morning, extending their talks a fifth time to midnight.

Battling over price, the sides faced a 5 p.m. deadline today for retransmission-consent of CBS-owned stations in the MSO’s footprint, as well as carriage of cable networks Showtime, CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel on all of the distributor's systems nationwide. However, the parties pushed that negotiating period back until 8 p.m., and then for three more times until 11 p.m.

In a brief message at 10:55 p.m., TWC said that talks had been extended to midnight.

The contract that was signed in 2009 -- covering retransmission-consent of 13 CBS-owned stations in eight markets within TWC’s footprint, including WCBS-TV and WLNY-TV in New York, KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and KTVT-TV and KTXA-TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth -- was orginally set to expire on June 30, but was extended late last month until July 24.

The other affected stations are: Boston (WBZ, WSBK), Pittsburgh (KDKA, WPCW-CW), Denver (KCNC), Detroit (WKBD-CW) and Chicago (WBBM).