Mediacom Communications said it has reached an agreement with Granite Broadcasting, returning three NBC-affiliated stations in Duluth, Minn., Fort Wayne, Ind. and Peoria, Ill. to its customers in those markets.
The Granite stations – KBJR in Duluth, WISE in Fort Wayne and WEEK in Peoria – went dark on June 1 after the two could not reach a retransmission consent agreement.
The agreement comes in time for Game Five of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, pitting the Chicago Black Hawks vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning, scheduled to air on NBC on Saturday June 13 at 8 p.m. In the past, Mediacom had hosted viewing parties in its markets in Illinois affected by the blackout. The series is tied 2 games each.
“We thank our customers for their patience and continued loyalty as we worked to reach a new contract with Granite Broadcasting,” said Mediacom’s Senior Vice President of Field Operations Ed Pardini in a statement.
The Granite stations will be immediately reinstated on the Mediacom channel lineup in the markets where Granite operates the primary network affiliate. In the areas where Granite does not operate the primary network affiliate, the Granite stations may be reinstated temporarily, but will be discontinued over the next several months.