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Mediacom, Sinclair Reach Retrans Accord

Sinclair and Mediacom have reached a retrans deal a day short of the extension deadline.

No details were immediately available, but the one-year deal covers 22 TV stations in 15 markets.
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As part of the deal, Mediacom has agreed to drop its retrans at the FCC compaint against Sinclair.

"We are very happy with the outcome of the negotiations which includes an acceptable economic arrangement," said Sinclair President David Smith. We are pleased that our viewers and Mediacom's customers will continue to receive the important and popular programming carried on our stations such as the local news, sports, and network shows as CSI, American Idol and 24."

John Eggerton
John Eggerton

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.