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NBC 24 Back on Buckeye

From their FB Page:

****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****

July 14, 2014

BUCKEYE CABLESYSTEM ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF NBC CHANNEL 24, STATION WNWO-TV TO BUCKEYE’S SYSTEM

Buckeye CableSystem announced today that NBC Channel 24, WNWO, has returned to Buckeye’s cable television system effective immediately. “I am pleased to welcome WNWO back to Buckeye, the area’s number one television service provider”, said Jeff Abbas, Buckeye’s President and General Manager. On December 15, 2013, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the new owner of WNWO, directed Buckeye to remove its signal from Buckeye’s channel line-up when the parties were unable to agree on the amount Buckeye would pay Sinclair in retransmission fees for the right to carry the station.

“During the time WNWO was off our system, Buckeye held the line on skyrocketing broadcaster fees that drive up the cost of cable television for consumers. Fortunately, real progress has been made with the Federal Communications Commission, which recently adopted important reforms in the area of retransmission consent negotiations that should help keep those fees in check. We look forward to additional changes in FCC rules that will help television consumers.”

During the time the station was off Buckeye’s system, Buckeye distributed over 17,000 antennas to its customers to permit them to obtain NBC programming over-the-air. Buckeye also provided information about how to obtain NBC programming over the internet. “Buckeye is an industry leader in customer service,” Mr. Abbas said, “and our commitment to personal service was never more evident than during the time WNWO was off our system.”

Buckeye had also been providing its customers with a small monthly credit of $.24 to reflect the amount Buckeye previously paid for the NBC station. With the return of the NBC programming, that credit will end. Despite the new agreement, Mr. Abbas added that Buckeye has no plans for a rate hike at this time. At the time of the issuance of this press release, Buckeye engineers are working to restore WNWO to Buckeye’s system and expect that the channel will be back before the day is over.

Buckeye and Sinclair reached a two-year carriage agreement. Both parties also agreed to withdraw the complaints they had filed against each other with the FCC. In addition, if Sinclair launches a new cable channel, Buckeye will carry it.

Over the next 24 hours, we will update our guide information to reflect NBC programming. Thank you!

created by taliesin52 on Jul 14, 2014 at 05:47:44 pm     Entertainment     Comments: 7

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Great, there goes my 24 cent credit on my next cable bill

posted by Hoops on Jul 15, 2014 at 08:20:13 am     #   5 people liked this

I dig that hip new show, The Tonight Show.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:19:48 am     #  

I would like the Olympics rebroadcast in their entirety, please.

posted by jmleong on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:50:26 am     #  

It's "aboot" time, eh...

posted by oldhometown on Jul 15, 2014 at 02:37:04 pm     #   1 person liked this

So who won? Rate-wise.

posted by mixman on Jul 15, 2014 at 08:37:23 pm     #  

Too late....good riddance.

posted by JeepMaker on Jul 16, 2014 at 09:38:53 am     #   1 person liked this

mixman posted at 08:37:23 PM on Jul 15, 2014:

So who won? Rate-wise.

From an article about the settlement in an industry pub:

“In addition to customary terms and
conditions, the agreement provides for Buckeye to pay a
signing bonus to WNWO-TV, which is in an amount that
more than covers the legal fees incurred as a result of a
complaint filed by Buckeye at the Federal Communications
Commission alleging that Sinclair had failed to negotiate in
good faith.”

posted by justread on Jul 16, 2014 at 10:32:58 am     #   3 people liked this