Hearst, DirecTV Hammer Out New Retrans Accord


Hearst Television has reached a new retransmission-consent agreement with DirecTV.
The agreement, reached on Dec. 29, according to Hearst, covers all 29 of its TV stations. Deal terms were not disclosed.
The retransmission pact averts any disruption of service on the nation's No. 1 DBS provider, as the parties' contract was set to expire on Dec. 31.

Hearst stations had been notifying viewers for three weeks that negotiations were underway with DirecTV for renewal of the existing carriage agreement.

Hearst stations are predominately CBS and ABC affiliates with CW duopolies in some markets. The largest markets that could have been impacted: Boston (Nielsen DMA No. 7), Tampa (No. 14), Orlando (No. 19) and Sacramento (No. 20).

In another retrans deal, Insight Communications and Raycom Media struck an accord covering three stations in the MSO's Kentucky and Indiana footprint.