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Fox extends deadline for reaching new deal with Suddenlink

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- News Corp./Fox has extended a deadline for reaching an agreement with Suddenlink Communications over how much the cable operator should pay for some Fox channels.

The agreement, which was set to expire at 5 p.m. Wednesday, has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, both Fox and Suddenlink announced.

If unresolved, the lack of an agreement could result in Fox pulling national cable networks from Suddenlink's cable system. Affected networks: FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, Fox Deportes, Fox College Sports and Fox Movie Channel.

Fox's regional sports networks also could be affected, including Fox Sports Ohio.

The dispute would not affect WVAH Fox 11, a Fox television network affiliate that serves the Charleston-Huntington television market, said Sol Doten, Fox Networks' vice president of communications.

"The networks that are affected are Fox owned and operated stations," Doten said. Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. owns WVAH Fox 11.

Fox News Channel and Fox Business also are not affected because they are part of a separate, longer-term contract.

Information about the dispute is posted on a website Suddenlink has established at www.SuddenlinkOnYourSide.com and on a website Fox has established at www.KeepMyNets.com

In an email Wednesday, Doten wrote, "Going forward, we will continue to actively negotiate with Suddenlink in hopes of reaching a fair agreement so Suddenlink viewers don't lose access to their local FOX television station and other Fox cable networks. We will attempt to keep our viewers informed of the situation every step of the way."

Gene Regan, Suddenlink's director of corporate communications, said in a Wednesday email that Suddenlink continues to negotiate with Fox in good faith and that progress is being made toward an agreement.

Contact writer George Hohmann at business@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/GeorgeHohmann.


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