WSAZ (NBC) — carried in parts of West Virginia and Kentucky
WTAP (NBC) — carried primarily in Parkersburg, W. Va.
WITN (NBC) — carried in eastern North Carolina
KBTX (CBS) — carried primarily in Bryan/College Station, Texas
All or most of the listed TV stations are either (a) running crawls on the bottom of their screens, and/or (b) posting information on their Web sites, warning that Suddenlink customers may no longer be able to receive these TV stations via cable effective January 1, 2009. We’re not sure why Gray Television and its TV stations have decided to take this step.
Suddenlink sent Gray a proposal on Dec. 8 for a new contract. We have called them regularly since then, requesting an update. Without further notice, Gray TV stations started warning our customers of a perceived problem with the negotiations. This situation simply does not make sense.
Regardless, consistent with our standing pledge to customers, Suddenlink will not voluntarily drop any of the listed TV stations. To the contrary: We are committed to continuing good-faith negotiations with Gray Television and to doing everything we can to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with them by the expiration of our current contract on Dec. 31.
Please feel free to contact Gray, or its TV stations listed below, and encourage them to do the same.
Roger Sheppard, Vice President and General Manager of WTAP, submitted the following statement on Friday morning, Dec. 19: “WTAP is hopeful that an agreement can be reached with Suddenlink before the Dec. 31, 2008 deadline, to ensure no interruption of service to viewers of WTAP (NBC), FOX Parkersburg and My5.”
NOTE: We negotiate with Gray Television and other broadcast-station owners to help hold down the cost to our customers; please reference this page for more information on that topic.