KOMU 8 Viewers Lose Access via Mediacom

7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, January 04 2011 Jan 4, 2011 Tuesday, January 04, 2011 7:35:28 PM CST January 04, 2011 in News
COLUMBIA– Early on January 4th, Mediacom subscribers lost access to KOMU 8 and Mid-Missouri’s CW due to a breakdown in negotiations between the New York-based cable provider and KOMU. 

“KOMU appreciates our loyal viewers,” said KOMU 8 General Manager Marty Siddall. “I want them to know that we have been strongly committed to reaching a fair, reasonable agreement with Mediacom. Although our good faith efforts have been rebuffed thus far, we will continue to seek an acceptable agreement.”

Mediacom subscribers can learn about other options for viewing KOMU by visiting KOMU.com/freeTV or by calling KOMU at 573-882-8888. Viewers who access KOMU programming by antenna or through other cable and satellite providers like Dish Network, DirectTV, or CenturyLink will continue to be able to view KOMU.

Last Friday, Dec. 31, KOMU and Mediacom agreed to terms for the first year of a three-year contract extension. On Monday negotiations on years two and three of the contract stalled. In response, KOMU offered Mediacom a one-year contract based on the terms agreed to last Friday. Mediacom rejected that offer.

“We were assured the terms negotiated on December 31 would set the stage for successful negotiations of years two and three of a contract. Unfortunately, Mediacom’s negotiating position since then has been contrary to the spirit of terms agreed to last week,” said Siddall.

Mediacom subscribers are now without access to the local news, weather and sports KOMU provides daily, as well as shows like Oprah, Wheel of Fortune, Dr. Oz, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and the Tonight Show.

Like other broadcasters in local markets across the United States, KOMU receives compensation–called retransmission revenue–from cable and satellite providers. The station has previously negotiated successful agreements with Dish Network, DirectTV and CenturyLink.
   
KOMU is an auxiliary enterprise of the University of Missouri and is expected to generate all revenues for station operations. Its operations and investments in broadcast technology are funded entirely by advertising and retransmission revenues. The station receives no funding from the university or state.

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