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Cable One reaches agreement with KVLY, KXJB

FARGO - After extending and then missing the deadline, Cable One on Saturday afternoon came to an agreement with Gray Television, which owns broadcast stations KVLY and KXJB.

FARGO – After extending and then missing the deadline, Cable One on Saturday afternoon came to an agreement with Gray Television, which owns broadcast stations KVLY and KXJB.

The Fargo-Moorhead area’s dominant cable provider restored the local NBC and CBS affiliates almost 24 hours after the 5 p.m. Friday deadline. The original deadline was midnight New Year’s Eve.

Scott Geston, general manager of Cable One in Fargo, said Saturday the remainder of KVLY and KXJB’s platforms were expected to be restored by early evening.

Neither he nor Valley News Live President Jim Wareham would discuss the specifics of the agreement, but, Geston said, “(On Friday), we weren’t that far apart, and we were able to close the gap (Saturday).”

Wareham said that, like in any business deal, “both sides compromised and came to an agreement.”

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Geston told The Forum earlier this week that Gray Television initially wanted Cable One to pay double or more than double the previous rate, which Wareham disputed while acknowledging that Gray Television was seeking a significant rate hike.

Geston said Cable One “tries to negotiate a fair deal.”

“We’re very aware that whatever we negotiate is going to end up on customers’ bills. We try to negotiate hard and keep the costs as low as possible,” he said.

Midcontinent Communications, which serves West Fargo, Moorhead and some Fargo neighborhoods, is the area’s only other carrier.

Wareham said it’s back to “business as usual” for Valley News Live.

“We’ve now completed all of our retransmission agreements with all of our cable operators in our viewing area, and everything continues on as normal,” he said.

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