Sinclair Plans to Pull 22 Stations from Mediacom Systems on Nov. 30


By Becky Ogann

AP - It's beginning to look as if more than 60,000 cable TV subscribers in a dozen states will lose a local station because of a dispute between Mediacom Communications and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Sinclair is insisting that Mediacom pay $1 million more than that cable provider is willing to pay to carry 22 stations in 12 states. In Iowa, that includes KDSM, a Fox TV affiliate in Des Moines, and KGAN, a CBS affiliate in Cedar Rapids.

Sinclair says it plans to pull the stations from Mediacom systems at midnight on November 30th if it's not paid what it wants.

Mediacom filed a federal lawsuit against Sinclair and lost the first round in US District Court. Mediacom's appeal to the Eight US Circuit Court of Appeals won't be heard until after January.

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