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Spectrum, WGRZ owner reach deal

Fans of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” “This Is Us” and “The Voice” who subscribe to Spectrum cable no longer need to worry about losing WGRZ-TV, the local NBC affiliate that carries those programs and its own local newscasts.

Spectrum announced Saturday that it has reached an agreement with WGRZ’s owner, Tegna, which had warned viewers in 37 TV markets that it could lose their channels in a national dispute over what Spectrum pays to carry the stations.

Tegna stations across the country that were affiliated with all the broadcast networks– including NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox – had been carrying crawls since last Sunday that warned the stations could be off the air in what is called a retransmission issue.

There had been a couple of extensions as Tegna and Spectrum tried to work out a deal.

A Spectrum spokesperson issued a statement Saturday morning that said the company had “reached an agreement with Tegna to provide local ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and other multi-cast channels to our customers. We are pleased to have reached a fair agreement for everyone and appreciate your support and patience.”




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