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Tue., Jan. 18, 2011, 11:54 a.m.

No news on Northwest Broadcast-DIRECTV impasse

Area subscribers to DIRECTV continue hoping the payment dispute with Northwest Broadcasting, Inc., which operates KAYU TV, will be settled soon.

The latest is a press release from Northwest saying it's asking for an independent verification of statements made by DIRECTV about what it has paid other similar broadcasters.

Here's the paragraph in a Jan. 14 release from Northwest Broadcasting:

The most recent proposal made by Northwest yesterday was a conditional proposal whereby Northwest would accept, based on DIRECTV's  representation and independent verification of those representations, their marketplace number which they have offered Northwest. "They claim they are not paying any broadcaster more than they have offered Northwest, I'll accept that as long as we are allowed to have an independent audit firm verify what they are telling me to be factual" said Brian Brady, CEO of Northwest."

We hope to get a response soon from DIRECTV on this statement.

Stay tuned.

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