Granite Broadcasting blocked three stations in Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois to Mediacom Communications customers Monday morning after the companies failed to reach a retransmission consent agreement.
Granite’s KJBR (NBC and My9) in Duluth, Minn., WISE (NBC and MyTV) in Fort Wayne, Ind. and WEEK (NBC) in Peoria, Ill., went dark to Mediacom customers at 11:59 p.m. on May 31
In a statement, Mediacom said that pricing was the main issue.
“After extensive negotiations towards a new agreement, Granite is still demanding more than double the per subscriber price paid under the prior contract,” Mediacom said in a statement. “Since these costs will ultimately be absorbed by the hard working residents of rural Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota, we have repeatedly communicated to Granite that their outrageous financial demands are unacceptable.
On the station websites, such as the one for KJBR in Duluth, Granite said it has been negotiating with Mediacom and was disappointed especially since it has successfully reached agreements with other satellite, cable and telco companies that recognized its fair market value.
“Without fair and equitable treatment, local TV stations will not be able to continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to you,” Granite said in a statement.
Mediacom countered that it was willing to leave the stations on the air while it continued to negotiate, but that Granite opted to pull its signal.
“Despite Granite’s actions, we stand ready to continue negotiations with the goal of reaching a fair agreement for our customers,” Mediacom said in a statement.