Allbritton Communications has just inked a new long-term retrans/carriage deal with Comcast involving both its stations in Comcast markets and its News Channel Eight Washington-area regional news network, sources confirm.
Allbritton had cited the inability to come to an agreement on a new carriage deal, and Comcast's desire to combine the stations and news channel carriage renewals, in its criticism of the Comcast/NBCU joint venture, which was approved by the FCC this week.
An Allbritton source says the agreements for the news channel and stations are not linked, and that Allbritton is very happy with the outcome.
The agreements for both were due to expire at the end of 2012.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.