Fox affiliate KASA Santa Fe, N.M., will go dark this weekend, owner LIN TV said, if the broadcaster fails to reach a retransmission-consent agreement with New Mexico cable operator Cable One.
According to LIN, the station group “expects Cable One to discontinue carriage of its television station when the current contract expires Dec. 15.”
LIN reached an agreement with Cable One for sister station KRQE in Albuquerque, N.M., but it said it appears “unlikely to result in a retransmission-consent agreement” for KASA.
“We only want what is fair for our local Fox station,” LIN executive vice president of digital media Gregory M. Schmidt said. “Cable One continues to pay money to niche cable programmers with substantially less viewing.”
Cable One did not return calls on the matter at press time.
In late October, LIN inked a retransmission deal with cable operator MetroCast Cablevision for a pair of LIN-owned stations in New Haven, Conn.
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.
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