La. Stations Try to Rebut Trust Cable’s Claims To FCC

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Two Baton Rouge, La., TV stations have filed a joint answer with the Federal Communications Commission in response to a complaint by Trust Cable TV, alleging the cable operator is trying to mislead regulators.

WGMB and WLVA filed the answer, 24 pages including exhibits, to oppose Trust Cable’s emergency complaint and request for a stay, which was filed Sept. 18. The operator told the FCC it risked losing the broadcasters’ signals, as it struggled to recover from Hurricane Gustav, during retransmission-consent negotiations.

But in their answer, the two stations said their deals with Trust Cable don’t expire until Dec. 31, and therefore the cable system is at no risk of immediately losing their signals in the aftermath of Gustav.

“Trust Cable’s complaint is little more than a collection of misrepresentations and material omissions amounting in effect to an abuse of commission’s processes,” the broadcasters’ answer said.

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