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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.

@-;-'---- Rose July 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
One can tell Paul isn't 80 years old and retired from MANY years of hard work. I have to stay home and relax with the AC on during this weather.
@-;-'---- Rose July 20, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I can't believe anyone finds those unsightly rabbit ears from the past to be a solution to this problem!!! Even if they make them LOOK better and/or PERFORM better...where does one put them?
@-;-'---- Rose July 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Hey Robert...I'm LMAO.....along with you, I'm sure.
@-;-'---- Rose July 20, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I also have my computer on cable with TW...don't know what my solution would be. Can't ask my "know it all" son as we don't communicate well.
Althea January 03, 2013 at 08:17 PM
ABC greedy greedy. Are you kidding me I just now in Washington state are feeling their 300% hike and they are off our Cable provider. Makes me soooooooooo mad I will not even consider buying a Disney product of any sort as I believe from what I was reading across the net they are all one company. Greedy is all I can say.

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