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Hearst TV, DirecTV Reach Retrans Pact

Hearst Television has announced a new retransmission consent deal with DirecTV.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Hearst stations have been notifying viewers for weeks that negotiations were underway with the satellite TV provider for renewal of the carriage agreement that expires Dec. 31, 2010.

A number of retrans deals between broadcasters and cable and satellite TV operators are coming due at the end of the year. Earlier today, Raycom Media and Insight Communications ironed out one such deal.

Hearst Television is comprised of 29 television stations.

Michael Malone
Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.