Thursday, January 04, 2007

The joys of media consolidation

Dave Walker delves into the several reasons Cox may black out this year's Super Bowl in New Orleans. Mostly it's about petty negotiations between a Dallas-based company and an Atlanta-based company over TV markets in places like.. Phoenix.
According to Amy Cohan, a spokeswoman for Cox in Atlanta, the specter of WWL going dark on Cox in New Orleans is actually a bargaining chip in negotiations between Cox and Belo over their relationship in Phoenix, where Belo owns a popular station and Cox is the primary cable provider.

"Belo owns stations in other Cox markets," said Cohan. "So they do sort of a collective bargaining process."
How do you like being a hostage?

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