Suddenlink is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement in principle on a long-term contract with Meredith. As a result, Meredith TV stations — including KPHO, KCTV, KSMO, and WSMV — will continue to be available to Suddenlink customers. We look forward to continuing our partnership with these stations and delivering their programming to our customers.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Suddenlink takes seriously the trust our customers place in us and the responsibility we have to the communities we serve. We also want to thank our customers for their patience and support during these negotiations and assure them that, as a result of the new agreement, there will be no changes to recently announced rate adjustments.
Earlier Story) Suddenlink is negotiating a new contract with Meredith Corporation, which owns several TV stations,including KPHO, KCTV, KSMO, and WSMV.
Many customers have told us they enjoy watching one or more of these TV stations and want us keep them on the lineup. We want the same thing. In fact, we have enjoyed a good relationship with Meredith and its stations. Unfortunately, they are now asking for a 65% raise in their pay.
That’s not fair and not justified, especially in this economy. If our customers are not getting a 65% raise, neither should Meredith and its stations.
In the last two months we have completed new contracts with more than 60 other companies representing more than 100 other TV stations. They have not asked for increases on the scale that Meredith is demanding.
We have encouraged our customers to contact Meredith and its TV stations and ask them, first, to be reasonable in their demands and, second, to consider extending their current contract with Suddenlink until a new one can be signed. Extending the contract we have today guarantees that Meredith continues to get paid and – most importantly of all – that our customers continue to have access to Meredith TV stations.