Almost two months later, still no agreement between KOMU, DirecTV

Monday, May 5, 2014 | 5:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — After almost two months of negotiations, KOMU/NBC and DirecTV still haven't agreed on a programming contract, leaving the channel dark for DirecTV customers.

KOMU wants more money because it says carrying shows from NBC and CW is getting more expensive, according to previous Missourian reporting. Matt Garrett, KOMU's director of audience development, said the station is only asking for a few cents more a day. DirecTV spokesman Tom Tyrer said the station wanted five-times more than it gets now. 

DirecTV has not responded to KOMU's most recent contract offer, which was delivered April 25, Garrett said. The station last heard from DirecTV on April 23, he said, and the two haven't communicated since then.

"DirecTV shows no urgency in responding to us," Garrett said.

Tyrer said negotiations are still active.

"We continue to exchange proposals with KOMU and its owners, the University of Missouri, and hope for a swift resolution," Tyrer said in an email. "We do not feel that these sorts of blackouts are in anyone's interest."

Garrett said he doesn't know how long negotiations could last.

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Skip Yates May 5, 2014 | 11:22 p.m.

I would suppose most folks that pay for advertisement on KOMU realize there is a significant loss of viewers...

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Ellis Smith May 6, 2014 | 5:08 a.m.

Probably, Skip. KOMU tries hard, though. For years they employed a signal boosting facility to bring their air signal to Rolla and surrounding environs, while attempting to court potential advertisers, who continue to place ads with Springfield and Jefferson City TV.

Rolla advertisers feel their ads get more buisness by using Springfield print and TV media (which, considering the layout of primary highways in Missouri, seems to make sense); also, people in Rolla, when watching non-network news broadcasts on TV, are more interested in happenings at MS&T and MSU than at MU. Springfield media (TV and print) provides that.

Crazy, crazy, crazy!

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