Tribune Co. said Cablevision Systems Corp. is to blame for its channels coming off of the pay-TV distributor's systems in the New York City area and Colorado.
In a statement, Tribune said it was willing to allow Cablevision to continue carrying its stations -- including WPIX-TV New York, WPHL-TV Philadelphia and the cable channel WGN -- while the two sides continued to try to hammer out a new distribution deal. The signals, Tribune said, were pulled in the middle of negotiations "without warning."
In a letter to Cablevision from Tribune that was released Friday to the media, the Chicago-based media company said that "to give the parties additional time for good-faith negotiations to reach a long-term agreement," it would extend the current agreement one week, to Aug. 24.
At issue is money that Tribune is seeking from Cablevision in return for carrying its signals. Cablevision has said Tribune is "demanding tens of millions in new fees." Tribune countered that "what we have proposed amounts to less than a penny a day per subscriber."