Five cable TV operators in Kansas have banded together to fight the acquisition of Topeka's local KTKA TV station by PBC Broadcasting. It's the latest cable operator-broadcaster battle over retransmission consent fees.
The CBS and NBC affiliates in the area are owned by another company, New Vision Television, and the operators allege that in other markets where PBC and New Vision both own stations, they have a pattern in other markets of having their broadcast affiliates work together to impose high retransmission costs on operators.
If the pattern is readily apparent, this situation could further spice the ongoing FCC effort to review its retransmission consent rules. The Kansas operators are looking for the FCC to either deny the sale or impose conditions on it.
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The FCC recently collected reply comments for the retrans review
Fox Networks has been accused of playing retrans hardball