Shortly after midnight 1/1, Cox Media Group’s WSB-TV (ABC) Atlanta and its MeTV multicast channel went dark on the Charter cable television lineup, another dispute over retransmission rights fees.
“Charter is currently negotiating to bring this station back on the air,” a Charter statement said on the spots formerly occupied by the stations. “Unfortunately, the owners of this station are demanding an unfair rate increase. We want to keep this station on the air, but not at a price that would increase fees to our customers. … This was their decision, and we apologize for their actions.”
“Cox Media Group and Charter were working diligently to come to a fair and reasonable agreement,” said Tim McVay, WSB-TV in a statement. “However, it is now clear than an agreement will not be reached.