Turner Broadcasting Inc. said Tuesday that it told Cable One to remove TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network from its lineup, after it dropped several less popular networks owned by Turner.
The Phoenix, Ariz.-based MSO announced Tuesday that it pulled the plug on CNN, HLN, Turner Classic Movies, TruTV, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang after Turner demanded a 50 percent increase in license fees. Cable One said that it had an agreement to continue offering subcribers TBS, TNT and Cartoon. But Turner officials said that Cable One, which is represented by the National Cable Television Cooperative, can't use its NCTC affiliation to pick individual networks to offer subscribers. "Cable One does not have the right to distribute TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network through an NCTC agreement," Turner spokeswoman Rachelle Savoia told FiereCable.
Cable One officials didn't immediately respond for a request for comment. Earlier Tuesday, Cable One CEO Tom Might noted that the company had secured an agreement for TBS, TNT and Cartoon, and that it hoped to reach an agreement to restore the networks it dropped. "Since we were unable to reach a fair deal with Turner, we've been forced to drop these channels from our channel line-up," Might said in a prepared statement.
Cable One, which is owned by The Washington Post Co., had 575,762 video subscribers at the end of the second quarter.
Turner officials said that the company had offered to extend Cable One's contract, which expired at noon ET. "We are simply asking that Cable One pay the established and accepted rates already in the marketplace for our portfolio and remain willing to discuss a new agreement that recognizes the strength and value of our networks and the popular programming they offer," Turner said in its statement.
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