WASHINGTON – In response to CBS and Time Warner Cable having reached a new agreement on retransmission consent fees, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:
"NAB is pleased that an agreement was reached. We believe broadcasters deserve to be fairly compensated for the most-watched programming on television. The unfortunate reality is that in the last two years, 89% of all retransmission consent disruptions have involved three companies: Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and DISH. Rather than create a manufactured 'crisis' that would inject government into the free-market, these three firms might better spend their time working toward amicable resolutions over TV programming most valued by viewers."
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