KRDO-TV returned to DirecTV's channel lineup Friday afternoon after the station's owner and the satellite giant reached an agreement over payments DirecTV would make to carry KRDO's programming.
The agreement ended a dispute that led to KRDO being off DirecTV since Oct. 9.
"We are pleased to announce that KRDO/NewsChannel 13 has reached an agreement with DirecTV for carriage of our signal," KRDO General Manager Tim Larson said in a statement. "KRDO was returned to the DirecTV service today (Friday) at about 3 p.m. We thank our viewers for their patience and support."
KRDO is owned by News-Press & Gazette Co. of St. Joseph, Mo., which also owns 11 other stations in eight cities. An agreement between News-Press and DirecTV expired Sept. 30, and was extended to Oct. 9. Once that agreement expired, and the two sides failed to reach a new deal, KRDO and the other stations were gone from DirecTV's line-up.
At issue: How much DirecTV, the nation's largest satellite TV provider, would pay for the right to resell the signal of KRDO and other News-Press stations and how much DirecTV would pay to place those signals on the Internet.
John Kueneke, president of News-Press & Gazette's broadcast division, said via email that terms of the agreement were confidential, "but we feel both DirecTV and NPG received fair value in the agreement."
The length of the deal was unknown, but such agreements typically run three to four years.
DirecTV, based in suburban Los Angeles, released a statement Friday that was critical of News-Press & Gazette, accusing the company of being part of a group of "broadcasters violating the public trust in an attempt to extract higher fees from our customers."
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