Areas of Crossroads could lose local news programming


Nov. 29, 2011 at 5:29 a.m.

News programming in some parts of the Crossroads might soon fade to black.

Time Warner Cable will no longer carry KAVU or Newscenter 25 broadcasts if the cable company and television group do not reach an agreement on retransmission consent, said Jeff Pryor, the Victoria Television Group's general manager.

The move would affect Time Warner customers in Cuero, Yoakum, Gonzales, Port O'Connor and Seadrift.

Cable companies and television stations must negotiate to retransmit their products every three years, Pryor said. The agreement ends at midnight Wednesday, so programming would be unavailable beginning Thursday.

Broadcasts will still be available via satellite transmission, even if the companies do not reach an agreement, he said, noting all customers need are rooftop or indoor antennas. The programming is all high-definition and comes at no cost.

In the meantime, the Victoria Television Group will air commercials informing people of the change, which Pryor said came about suddenly.

His first conversation with Time Warner regarding the issue was Nov. 23 and, since then, the companies had not made much progress.

"We hope to get it resolved," he said. "If not, we hope the subscribers will take a few minutes to put up an antenna or rabbit ears and watch the TV group that cares about their community."

Gavino Ramos, of Time Warner Cable South Texas, said Tuesday he would look into the issue so could not comment.



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