Negotiations continue between Time Warner and Owners of WKTV

By JOLEEN FERRIS

(WKTV) - There is still no agreement between WKTV ownership and Time Warner cable as to the fair value of the programming WKTV provides daily in the Utica market. That means Time Warner Cable subscribers in the Utica market are still seeing 'local' newscasts out of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Tens of thousands of viewers in Eastern Oneida, Otsego, and parts of Herkimer counties are affected by the blackout.

Viewer Peter Bleiberg, of New Hartford, likes to watch NewsChannel 2 at 11. Bleiberg says losing local programming was one thing, but he's baffled by Time Warner Cable's decision to air local news from another state in the Utica area.

How could this be? How are we going to be deprived of being able to get the programming that we all expect? And when it happened and suddenly there's a TV station from Scranton on, I thought 'that's a little bizarre up here in the Mohawk Valley seeing things from 150 miles away.'"

Bleiberg says he doesn't anticipate going (Dish Network) shopping if an agreement remains elusive for any length of time, but says he would consider an antenna. For now, he's getting his local news online.

Vic Vetters, Vice President and Group Manager for WKTV owner Smith Media, says negotiations continue, but there is no new progress to report.

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