KAKE-TV and Cox Communications have until 11:59 p.m. Saturday to reach an agreement that will allow the cable company to continue to air KAKE-TV signals over Cox’s cable Channel 10 and high-definition Channel 2010.
Cox has said the signals of Wichita’s ABC-affiliated station may no longer be available on the cable company’s lineup after Saturdayif negotiations fail.
Cox is required to obtain permission from stations to carry their signals. Federal Communications Commission rules give stations the right to negotiate fees from cable operators in return.
“We’re still hopeful that we will be able to reach an agreement,” Sarah Kauffman, Cox spokeswoman, said Friday.
Dan Wall, KAKE’s vice president and general manager, also was optimistic.
“I know there are discussions going on today, and I am also hopeful and confident an agreement will be reached,” he said.
The negotiations are being conducted between Cox and KAKE’s owner, Gray Television, of Atlanta, he said.
Such negotiations, called “retransmission consent” negotiations, often come down to the deadline, Kauffman and Wall said.
In a notice to its Cox customers posted on the station’s web site, KAKE said, “Despite our tireless attempt to reach a fair deal with Cox, it has become apparent that they do not value our programming as much as you do.”
The statement said negotiations with all its other cable and satellite providers have been successfully completed.
“Unlike its competitors, Cox insists that it have the right to retransmit KAKEland’s signal without paying a fair price – even though the prices we have sought are below those Cox pays to less popular cable programming networks, ” the statement said.
Neither Wall nor Kauffman would discuss terms of the negotiations.
If the negotiations fail, Cox wouldn’t be allowed to carry ABC, either. But the KAKE/ABC signals still would be available free over the air. KAKE offers viewers assistance in getting the signal over the air at www.kake.com/digitaltv.