Mediacom, Hearst Reach Retrans Deal

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For those keeping tabs on the retransmission-consent beat, you can cross Mediacom Communications and Hearst Television Inc. from the New Year's Eve watch list.

Mediacom, the nation's eighth-largest cable operator, has reached an agreement in principle with Hearst Television for retransmission-consent rights covering 10 of the media company's local stations in nine of the MSO's service territories.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Mediacom said that its subscribers would continue to be able to view the Hearst-owned stations in their respective DMAs under their video packages.

The retransmission-consent contracts were set to expire on Dec. 31, but there was never any disruption in service. Mediacom officials said some of the Hearst stations had begun to run crawls alerting viewers about the negotiations.

The stations involved are: WBAL (NBC) Baltimore, Md.; KCCI (CBS) Des Moines-Ames, Iowa; WDSU (NBC); New Orleans, La.; WAPT (ABC) Jackson, Miss.; WLKY (CBS) Louisville, Ky.; KMBC (CBS) Kansas City, Mo.; KCRA (NBC) Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Calif.; WISN (ABC) Milwaukee, Wis.; KETV (ABC) Omaha, Neb.; KCWE (CW) Kansas City, Mo.