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ALBUQUERQUE – KOAT-TV Channel 7 today announced that KOAT-TV may no longer be carried on DirecTV satellite systems effective Jan. 1, if the parties are unable to conclude retransmission consent negotiations currently underway.
Satellite distributors are prohibited by law from carrying broadcasters’ signals without their consent. The removal of KOAT’s signal from the DirecTV system will only result if negotiations between representatives of Hearst Television Inc., KOAT’s parent company, and DirecTV are unsuccessful in reaching a conclusion before Dec. 31.
“We believe that we and DirecTV can conclude our negotiations before Jan. 1 so as not to deprive any of our respective viewers and customers of our programming. However, we want to advise our viewers and customers that the possibility of non-renewal of our current agreement exists,” President/General Manager Mary Lynn Roper said. “We will continue to keep our valued viewers informed of developments, on our air and our Web site, www.koat.com.”
Hearst Television Inc. owns 29 television stations and two radio stations, in geographically diverse U.S. markets.
The company’s television stations reach approximately 18 percent of U.S. TV households, making it one of the largest U.S. television station groups. Hearst owns 13 ABC affiliated stations, and is the largest ABC affiliate group.
The company owns 10 NBC affiliates, and is the second-largest NBC affiliate owner, and also owns two CBS affiliates.
Hearst’s stations has been honored with five consecutive Walter Cronkite Awards, presented by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, for excellence in television political journalism, and is the only TV news provider to have received a Cronkite Award every year since its inception.