Suddenlink, Fox, reach 'agreement in principle'
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Suddenlink Communications and News Corp./Fox announced they have reached an agreement in principle for Suddenlink's continuing carriage of Fox's TV stations and cable networks.
Gene Regan, Suddenlink's director of corporate communications, said in an email, "The current agreement between the companies has been extended for another week while they work out the details of the new agreement."
Fox said in a prepared statement, "We look forward to finalizing the agreement and are pleased that we could come to terms without any service interruption for Suddenlink customers and our loyal Fox viewers."
Specific terms of the agreement in principle were not disclosed.
The negotiations have centered around how much Suddenlink pays News Corp./Fox to carry some Fox channels. The old agreement had been extended several times and both parties have put up websites to argue their points of view to customers.
If an agreement in principle had not been reached late Thursday, Fox might have pulled national cable networks FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, Fox Deportes, Fox College Sports and Fox Movie Channel from Suddenlink's cable system as well as Fox's regional sports networks, including Fox Sports Ohio.
Suddenlink's carriage of Fox television network affiliate WVAH Fox 11 and Fox News Channel and Fox Business are not involved.
Suddenlink offers television, Internet, phone, security and other services to more than 220,000 households and 9,500 businesses in West Virginia, making it the largest cable broadband company in the state. Suddenlink also has operations in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Arizona.
News Corp. has total assets of about $60 billion and total annual revenues of about $34 billion. The company has operations in cable network programming, filmed entertainment, television, direct broadcast satellite television and publishing.
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