It seems that the COVID-19 pandemic has a silver lining for Cox Media Group and for CBS — not to mention a smattering of MVPD subscribers in the Pacific Northwest’s biggest market.
As a result of “negotiations in recent weeks,” Cox Media Group — now with a new logo and Apollo Global Management’s big investment reconstituting the company — has reached an agreement that brings KIRO-7 in Seattle back to Ziply Fiber.
Ziply is the cable system that was born when Ziply Fiber purchased it from Frontier Communications.
The agreement ends a two-plus-year hiatus that predates Ziply Fiber’s ownership of the cable system.
During this time, Ziply viewers could not access KIRO-7. That all changed at 3am Eastern on May 1.
“I’m proud of the hard work our teams put into bringing this deal together and appreciate Ziply Fiber’s openness and support to offer KIRO-TV in its channel line-up, especially during this uncertain time,” said Cox Media Group President/CEO Kim Guthrie. “Our CMG newsrooms across the country have been working around the clock to provide accurate and up-to-date information to the communities we serve, and we appreciate that KIRO-TV is now back in the homes of Ziply Fiber customers.”