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News-Updated Below with comment from DIRECTV
DIRECTV Loses 18 Local Stations In Fee Fight
By Phillip Swann

Washington, D.C. (January 12, 2017) - DIRECTV on Thursday night lost 18 local TV stations in seven states due to a fee fight with their owner, News Press & Gazette.

News-Press & Gazette said at its web site Thursday night that the stations are no longer on DIRECTV.

The companies earlier in the week agreed to two 24-hour extensions in their old carriage pact but failed to reach a new deal tonight. News-Press & Gazette decided not to offer another extension and instead pulled their channels.

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DIRECTV has not commented on the blackout yet but previously said News-Press was asking for too much in carriage fees.

Update: AT&T, which owns DIRECTV, last night issued this comment to

"We want to get our customers' usual local broadcast stations back into their lineups and share their frustration. News-Press & Gazette is preventing its local signals from reaching those same homes in 10 different cities unless News-Press & Gazette receives a significant increase in fees just to allow those families to watch shows available for free over-the-air (antenna) and that the broadcast networks typically make available for free online and through new digital apps. News-Press & Gazette has suspended its stations from our customers and threatened others before so we appreciate our DIRECTV customers' patience as we work to resolve this matter quickly and reasonably."

News-Press & Gazette denied it is seeking excessive carriage fees, saying it's only asking for what other providers have agreed to pay.

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The stations affected in this dispute are located in such mid-sized markets as Palm Springs, California; Bend, Oregon, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Colorado Springs, Colorado; El Paso, Texas; Santa Barbara, California; Columbia, Missouri and Yuma, Arizona. To see a complete list of the stations that could be affected, click here.

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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at or at 703-505-3064703-505-3064.

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