Blackout looms as Cox, LIN Media talks bog down

Retransmission consent talks between Cox Communications and LIN Media have reached an impasse over, not surprisingly, compensation. This means it's pretty likely that nine LIN stations in three Cox markets will go dark at midnight tomorrow.

LIN is "looking for more compensation than what was in our agreement. They just announced record revenues and we're trying to keep costs down for our customers," Cox Communications spokeswoman Amy Quinn said in a prepared statement."

Quinn's statement also noted that Cox "has been willing to continue to provide reasonable compensation to LIN TV Corp. for its free, over-the-air TV signal but offers have been refused."

LIN, when asked for comment by FierceCable, issued a statement saying:  "We continue to make progress in our negotiations and we hope to reach a deal before our contract expires."

For more:
- the Hartford Courant has this story

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