No deal reached between KREX, cable firm Bresnan

An impasse between Grand Junction’s CBS and Fox Television affiliates and Bresnan Communications could force local cable customers to break out the rabbit ears to receive some local news and entertainment programs, according to the stations’ general manager.

Ron Tillery, general manager for the stations KREX-TV and KFQX-TV, said Bresnan Communications and the channels’ parent company, Hoak Media of Colorado, have been unable to agree on the fair fee for retransmitting the local stations’ signals.

Cable companies, he said, pay the channels they carry a per-month, per-subscriber fee, which varies from CNN and ESPN on the high end down to niche channels.

Tillery said his stations have requested a modest fee on the lower end of the fee schedule but Bresnan Communications had not budged.

“It’s not a comfortable situation for either of us,” he said.

If a deal cannot be hashed out, Tillery said, local viewers might be unable to receive the channels, including their local and Denver newscasts, over Bresnan Communications starting Jan. 1.

He said local viewers still could tune in over the airwaves or via a satellite TV provider.
Bresnan Communications’ corporate spokesman did not return calls for comment.

Dana McDonald, general manager of NBC affiliate KKCO-TV, also could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but the station has broadcast notices to viewers warning that they could lose their local news over the cable airwaves at the end of the year.

Kristy Santiago, general manager of ABC affiliate KJCT-TV, said her station’s corporate office is still negotiating with Bresnan, but an agreement is expected.

“We’re still negotiating but they fully expect to have an agreement by the end of the year,” she said.

Local residents concerned about the situation can contact Bresnan Communications at 877-273-7626.


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