Spectrum Secured For Tribune as Spat Ends


Subscribers to Charter Communications’ Spectrum MVPD service can enjoy lots of local news in L.A. and New York, while big NFL markets such as Seattle and Indianapolis have their respective FOX and CBS affiliates back on local systems.

Tribune Broadcasting and Charter agreed to a deal early Friday morning, restoring programming to millions of Spectrum subscribers.

Terms were not disclosed.

The 11-day dispute was one of the ugliest retransmission fee battles to date, with Spectrum bumping channels such as WPIX-11 in New York in favor of a slide show offering its version of the facts leading up to the station blockage.

The deal reached Friday brings back not only  24 of Tribune Broadcasting’s local television stations but also the company’s cable network, WGN America, to Spectrum.

The companies issued the following joint statement regarding the agreement, shared by WJW-8 in Cleveland, a FOX affiliated station owned by Tribune.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement that will return Tribune Broadcasting’s local television stations and WGN America to Spectrum customers and Tribune’s viewers.”