Retrans Wars: ABC seeks cut of retransmission fees from affiliates

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November 4th, 2009

The kicking and screaming has begun.  FOX has been pretty outspoken about figuring out how to get better retransmission deals from the cable companies,  and even CBS' chief Les Moonves has recently been outspoken about getting CBS' fair share.  Now comes word that ABC is asking for a share of retransmission fees from some affiliates:

Belo Corp. CEO Dunia Shive says that ABC is asking for a share of the station group's growing pot of retransmission consent dollars in ongoing affiliate renewal negotiations.

Call it reverse compensation or retrans sharing, Shive said during the company's third-quarter conference call with securities analysts. "It's really a mechanism for having the affiliates share in the cost of programming."
Belo operates four ABC affiliates, including its flagship station in Dallas-Fort Worth (DMA 5), WFAA.

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