Negotiation impasse that led to no KETV programs on Cox is resolved


Cox Communications and Hearst Television, the parent company of Omaha ABC affiliate KETV, on Wednesday resolved an impasse over an agreement on carrying Hearst stations on the cable company.

KETV’s programming stopped being carried on Cox systems late Tuesday and returned Wednesday.

Cox and Hearst did not disclose the deal’s terms.

Before the agreement was reached, Ariel Roblin, KETV’s president and general manager, said Cox sought “the right to carry our stations at below-market rates, which is neither fair nor reasonable.”

Cox said Hearst was asking to double the fee paid to allow the cable system to broadcast Hearst’s stations.

“In fact, KETV wants more money than we pay any other station,” Cox spokeswoman Kristin Peck had said.