KEYT, Cox temporary agreement averts cancellation
August 20, 2012
KEYT and Cox Communications agreed to a short-term contract extension on Sunday that allowed the local ABC affiliate to remain on the air with just hours to spare. [Noozhawk]
Because of the agreement, there was no service interruption when the existing agreement expired at midnight on Sunday.
KEYT manager and CEO of the station’s parent company, Smith Media, Michael Granados has been in negotiations with Cox for about five weeks in an attempt to reach a new agreement.
Cox Communications blames Smith Media for the impasse, claiming KEYT’s parent company “is demanding unreasonable fees,” according to an email sent to some Cox Communication’s customers Saturday.
“Dear Valued Cox Customer, You may have heard recent reports by ABC-affiliate KEYT that KEYT and My Network TV may no longer be available on Cox’s lineup if their parent company, Smith Media, does not reach an agreement with us, the email said.
“We would like you to know that Cox is working hard and in good faith to negotiate a deal with Smith Media to keep its programming on Cox’s channel lineup for our customers. Unfortunately, Smith Media is demanding unreasonable fees that are far above market rate and that would cause our customers’ bills to rise — fees for a television channel that is otherwise available for free, over the air. Without an agreement, Smith Media is refusing to grant Cox permission to carry its signals past 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, August 19, 2012.”