Most recent statement on Charter/Spectrum negotiations

Spectrum customers who are upset they lost KIEM 3.1 and KVIQ 14 can now take their complaint to the FCC.

The FCC opened the matter up for public comment after three cities (Yuma, AZ, Jackson, WY, and El Centro, CA) filed a complaint, accusing the cable giant of not giving customers the required 30 days’ notice as required by the FCC.

It has been nine weeks since Spectrum took KIEM 3.1 and our sister station KVIQ 14 off its lineup after refusing to negotiate with our stations owners, Northwest Broadcasting.

Northwest Broadcasting owns 11 stations in 7 states. The blackout affects some 450,000 Spectrum customers.

If you would like to comment, you can file a comment with the FCC by following this link and entering 18-91 in the “Proceeding(s)” field. See image below.

The public comments period is open for 30 days.

 


 

I thought you might like an update on the Charter/Spectrum dispute. On Wednesday, Charter filed the attached lawsuit against the City of El Centro, CA.

In their suit Charter alleges that Northwest demanded an 80 percent increase in carriage fees. This alleged percentage is now the fifth different number that they have alleged. Charter finally admitted that they agreed to two 24 hour extensions; however, their assertion that, “Northwest blacked out its broadcast signals from Charter’s lineups, including KYMA and KWST, by refusing to allow Charter to retransmit them without a new retransmission consent agreement”, is a lie. Charter accepted the first two extensions which were offered to them, however, they refused the third extension and took our stations off with 10 minutes notice.

Spectrum has repeatedly communicated to Northwest that Northwest would suffer economic damage if they didn’t accept Charter’s offer. In an effort this week to get this back on track, Northwest submitted a new proposal to Spectrum. Spectrum’s representative communicated that they really wanted to get this resolved, but would not counter Northwest’s proposal and would not respond at all in writing. Odd behavior for a company that claims to be negotiating in good faith.

Based on their comments that they wanted to get this resolved, I personally reached out to Tom Montemagno, Charter’s EVP of program acquisition and suggested that if they indeed had a desire to find a resolution that he and I should have a conversation. As of this moment I have not heard back from him. It appears that Charter would rather bully a small municipality than to engage in a good faith negotiation.

Brian W. Brady, President/CEO

Northwest Broadcasting, LP

 

(Click here for previous statements on the Charter/Spectrum negotiations)