Proving the Fiscal Cliff negotiations in Washington have nothing on them, Capitol Broadcasting Company and Media General both reached last minute deals with satellite and cable carriers late Monday night to keep them on the air after contacts were set to expire at midnight.
Around 11:30 p.m. Monday, WRAL vice president and general manager Steve Hammel confirmed that parent company Capitol Broadcasting Company had reached a deal with DIRECTV. The deal will keep CBS affiliate WRAL and Fox affiliate WRAZ, both owned by Capitol, on air for DIRECTV customers without interruption.
About an hour earlier, Media General and Time Warner Cable announced that they had reached a tentative deal that will keep local NBC affiliate WNCN on-air for Time Warner Cable customers.
Media General had requested a 200 percent fee increase from the cable company, which had called the demand unreasonable.
Around 10:30 Monday night, NBC-17 tweeted: "NBC-17 and Time Warner Cable have reached an agreement that will keep NBC-17 programs on Time Warner with no interruption!"
At the same time, a statement from Time Warner Cable stated: "While we work to finalize our agreement, our customers will continue to receive Media General programming without any disruption.”