Verizon and Hearst Television have reached an overnight deal that will prevent nine stations owned and operated by Hearst, including in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and the Boston area, from shutting down on Verizon Fios systems. No details were released on Friday on the new retransmission contract, which replaces the old one which was due to expire on December 31.
A Verizon spokesperson confirmed the deal to Deadline today after media reported that the company sent a note to subscribers saying the deal was done.
Hearst stations in the Fios line include WBAL-NBC in Baltimore, WGAL-NBC in Harrisburg, PA, WTAE-ABC in Pittsburgh and WCVB-ABC and WMUR-ABC in Boston / Manchester. The range of stations also offers content from MeTV and Cozi TV.
Verizon, the sixth-largest operator in the country, warned customers earlier this week that a power outage was possible, saying Hearst was demanding a 45% increase that would force customers’ monthly bills to rise.
Hearst owns and operates television and radio stations in 26 markets in 39 states, reaching a total of 21 million US television households.
Verizon also said Friday that a retransmission agreement with Gray Television expired on December 31, with two stations in Richmond, VA – WWBT-NBC and WUVP-CW – affected.