New Year’s In The Dark, Thanks To Retrans Disputes

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By Adam R Jacobson
RBR + TVBR


New year, new “rabbit ears”?

In cities large and small across the U.S., television viewers are finding themselves minus at least one local broadcast station — and as the unwitting victims of no less than four bitterly protracted retransmission agreements that have yet to be codified.

For viewers in two small Mississippi cities, this has resulted in the loss of all four major television networks from their cable TV lineup — sparking the ire of the head of the American Cable Association.


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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.