ABC Channel 12 Dark for Time Warner Cable Customers
Negotiations have broken down between WISN-12's parent company, Hearst Communications, and Time Warner Cable to keep the local ABC station airing for TWC customers.
If you turned on your television this morning to watch the early morning news on channel 12 or catch a bit of Good Morning America, you were probably surprised to get a movie from the Hallmark Channel instead.
The reason is because contract negotiations between WISN's parent company, Hearst Communications, and Time Warner Cable broke down over carriage fees. A press release from WISN-TV and Hearst Communications, the station's parent company, says that Time Warner terminated negotiations with the station and all other Hearst affiliates across the country, too.
WISN confirmed the news on its 10 pm newscast Thursday.
Like other media companies, Hearst wants the cable companies that carry its stations to pay a carriage fee. According to a story by Duane Dudek at jsonline, Time Warner said Hearst was trying hike the fee by 300 percent, but Hearst, not surprisingly, says that figure is "inaccurate."
Time Warner, according to Dudek's story, said it remains ready to continue negotiations and that customers shouldn't be put in the middle.
In the meantime, WISN remains free for those with an antenna and the station is live on other carriers like DISH Network, DirecTV and AT&T.
Stay tuned to Patch. We'll be sure to let readers know when they can catch their favorite summer series or reruns of episodes they might have missed during the regular season.