Ion Reaches National Carriage Deal with Mediacom

Ion Media Networks (formerly Paxson Communications) reached a national carriage agreement with cable operator Mediacom Communications.

The deal covers Ion TV stations, digital channel qubo (kids’ programming) and lifestyle network Ion Life.

Mediacom serves more than 1,500 communities in 24 states, according to the company. Ion owns, operates or is in the process of buying a total of 60 TV stations in 40 of the top 50 markets.

Ion is part-owned by NBC and run by former NBC executive Brandon Burgess.

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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.