January 14, 2011 in City

KHQ inks deal with DirecTV

By The Spokesman-Review

KHQ-TV and DirecTV reached an agreement today that will keep Spokane’s NBC affiliate on the satellite provider’s channel lineup.

“We have reached an agreement,” said Patricia McRae, KHQ’s president and general manager. “We are staying on and it’s a done deal.”

At issue was the fee KHQ charged DirecTV to carry its signal; McRae could not release the terms of the deal, she said.

The contract expired Dec. 31, but had been extended through Saturday.

KHQ is owned by Cowles Co., which also owns The Spokesman-Review.

Meanwhile, there appeared to be no movement in the dispute that has kept KAYU off the air for the region’s DirecTV subscribers since Jan. 1. Northwest Broadcasting, which owns the Fox affiliate, and DirecTV both issued statements Friday indicating the stalemate over the fee remained unresolved.

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