Latest retrans standoff is in Oklahoma


Local TV LLC’s KFOR-TV (NBC) Oklahoma City says it is at an impasse with a cable MSO over retransmission consent and may disappear from the MSO’s systems in the Ada, OK area as of New Year’s Day. The MSO will be familiar to RBR-TVBR readers. It’s Washington Post Company’s Cable One, whose Joplin, MO system was one of the first to pull broadcast stations in a 2005 battle with Nexstar.

KFOR General Manager Jim Boyer says he’s been unable to cut a deal with Cable One because it insists on getting the station for free. “We would like to be on down there, bet we would like to be compensated by the cable company that’s making money off of us.”

For its part, Cable One says it would like to have KFOR and other Oklahoma City stations on its Ada area systems, but doesn’t want to raise rates to pay them.

The MSO’s systems in southern Oklahoma carry two stations each of ABC, CBS and NBC – the network affiliates from Oklahoma City and from the Sherman-Dennison, TX market.

According to stories in the Ada News and on KFOR, local officials are concerned that if the Oklahoma City stations disappear their only news will be coming from out of state.

RBR-TVBR observation: Despite being owned by a company which also owns a TV station group, Cable One has been among the toughest MSOs for broadcasters to deal with. Even after six years it can’t seem to come to grips with the financial realities of retrans.