Tribune TV Stations No Longer Available to Spectrum Subscribers

Thursday, Jan 03, 2019

Tribune Broadcasting television stations in 24 markets across the United States are no longer available to Spectrum subscribers via the company's cable systems. The contract between Tribune Broadcasting and Spectrum expired at 5 p.m. ET today, Jan. 2, 2019.  Approximately six million viewers have lost access to the local news, traffic, weather, sports and entertainment programming provided by the company's 33 television stations via Spectrum.

In addition to local news, such programming as the National Football League playoffs and NCAA basketball will be lost.  At the same time, more than 14 million subscribers nationwide have also lost access to WGN America, Tribune's basic cable entertainment network and the home of hit shows "Pure" and high-quality syndicated programming such as "Blue Bloods" and "Elementary."  

"We're extremely disappointed that we do not have an agreement on the renewal of our contract with Spectrum," said Gary Weitman, Tribune Media's senior vice president for corporate relations. "The NFL playoffs are in jeopardy—beginning this weekend with critical games in some key markets like Indianapolis and Seattle.  We don't want Spectrum subscribers to miss these games."    

"We've offered Spectrum fair market rates for our top-rated local news, live sports and high-quality entertainment programming, and similarly fair rates for our cable network, WGN America," Weitman continued.  "Spectrum has refused our offer and failed to negotiate in a meaningful fashion."



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