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Buckeye, Sinclair break 7-month retrans impasse

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 1:00pm
Mike Robuck

After a seven-month long standoff, Buckeye CableSystem viewers can now watch NBC again after a new agreement was reached with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

According to The Toledo Blade, the new two-year agreement was reached yesterday.

“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, in a statement yesterday.

Terms of the new deal weren’t released, but Sinclair said in a press release today that 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.” Both Sinclair and Buckeye agreed to drop the FCC complaints that they had filed against each other.

"We are very happy to have reached an agreement with Buckeye through good faith negotiations between both parties and without government intervention to obtain fair compensation for the WNWO-TV programming,” said Barry Faber, executive vice president and general counsel of Sinclair. “We again apologize to Buckeye subscribers for any inconvenience this situation has caused, however, now that an agreement has been reached, Buckeye's subscribers can once again enjoy the live, local news and popular syndicated and network programming airing on WNWO-TV. We wish to thank our viewers for their patience and outreach to Buckeye over the past several months."

The previous retransmission agreement between Buckeye and Sinclair expired last year. Starting in mid-December, Sinclair ordered Buckeye to stop carrying the local NBC channel. 

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