WKTV and Time Warner Cable reach agreement, local station restored to subscribers

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - WKTV and Time Warner Cable reached an agreement Saturday over the station's retransmission on local cable systems. The local station returned to subscribers on Sunday morning.

On December 15, 2010, the former agreement expired and WKTV's signal was removed from Time Warner Cable's systems. Smith Media and Time Warner Cable could not agree on what is fair value for WKTV's signals.

Instead of WKTV's typical programming and local newscasts, some Time Warner Cable viewers saw local news from WBRE, the NBC affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

The conflict between the companies made national industry headlines due to the unprecedented import of the Pennsylvania signal.

Smith Media Vice President and WKTV General Manager Vic Vetters explained the importance of the decision. He said, “With this final agreement in place, WKTV can now focus singularly on what we do best, which is serving the communities of Utica, Ilion, Oneonta, Rome, Hamilton, and surrounding areas.”

“Throughout the past few weeks, WKTV has been humbled by the support that it has received from local viewers, businesses, and, leaders” said Vetters. “WKTV is also very grateful for the efforts of Senator Griffo and Assemblywoman Destito, County Executive Picente, Utica Mayor Roefaro, and the entire Utica Common Council for their efforts to facilitate the prompt resolution of our negotiations with our cable partner.”

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