Quincy Broadcasting Stations Dark on DirecTV

Blackout Affects NBC, ABC, Fox Affiliates
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About a dozen stations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and West Virginia owned by Quincy Newspapers went dark to DirecTV customer Monday night after the companies failed to reach a retransmission consent agreement.

According to DirecTV, the dispute centers around pricing – it claims Quincy Newspapers is asking for more than three times its old rate. Quincy claims that the stations went dark after an extension to its carriage agreement expired while the parties were negotiating. In a statement, Quincy said it is “in contact with DirecTV and are working hard to resolve the matter.”

The stations affected are: WGEM-TV (NBC), Quincy, Ill.; KTIV (NBC), Sioux City, Ia.; KTTC (NBC), Rochester, Minn.; KWWL (NBC), Waterloo, Ia.; KXLT ( Fox), Rochester, Minn.; WAOW (ABC), Wausau, Wis.; WKOW (ABC), Madison, Wis.; WQOW (ABC), Eau Claire, Wis.; WREX (NBC), Rockford, Ill.; WSJV (FOX), South Bend Ind.; WVVA (NBC), Bluefield, W.Va.; and WXOW (ABC), Wausau, Wis.

DirecTV also said it is working hard to resolve the matter.

“We intend to return all of the stations to our line up soon and have asked for our customers’ patience since it has a direct impact on their bill,” DirecTV said in a statement.

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