AT&T Reaches Retrans Pact With Mercury Broadcast Group

AT&T said it has reached a retransmission consent agreement with Mercury Broadcast Group, ending a blackout of the broadcaster’s Wichita, Kan. station that lasted more than six months.

Mercury’s MyNetworkTV affiliate -- KMTW -- was one of about 17 stations in 14 markets that went dark to DirecTV customers on May 31  after the parties reached a stalemate in their carriage negotiations.

Over the past few days AT&T has been steadily landing deals with those stations -- it reached deals with Deerfield Media on Nov. 6 , with Howard Stirk Holdings on Nov. 12, with Second Generation of Iowa on Nov. 1, and Go Com Media in October.

On Nov. 8 the Federal Communications Commission found that the stations had not been negotiating with AT&T in good faith.

AT&T had no comment on the agreement, but confirmed that the Mercury station was now available to its pay TV customers.