Channel talks ongoing between Suddenlink, Fox Networks owner
Jan 02, 2013 (St. Joseph News-Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Negotiations continued Wednesday between Suddenlink and the company that operates Fox Networks to retain the carriage of its television channels by the cable firm.
Suddenlink's current agreement to carry Fox-owned television networks expires tonight and would impact St. Joseph customers. The channels at issue include FX, Speed, and National Geographic Channel.
Pete Abel, a spokesperson for Suddenlink's corporate office in St. Louis, said the company and News Corporation -- which manages the networks -- were making progress toward an agreement to renew carrying the stations.
"We definitely want to keep Fox Networks and shows," he said. "We're not going pull these channels."
At mid-day, Suddenlink spokesperson Gene Regan announced that News Corporation had extended the deadline for negotiations through 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
"We continue to negotiate with them in good faith and are making progress toward an agreement," Mr. Regan said.
Information on www.keepmynets.com said News Corporation has been focused on completing a renewal with Suddenlink. It said several proposals had been made to Suddenlink.
"Unfortunately, Suddenlink has not offered a resolution that is consistent with the marketplace and in line with other TV provider agreements," the website said.
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