Pending the approaching expiration date of a contract with Hoak Media and a generously increased pay rate, Suddenlink could soon lose the right to carry several local TV stations, according to a representative with Suddenlink.
The contract with Hoak Media will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, entering the New Year and with it Suddenlink will no longer be able to offer KALB, KNOE and KAQY.
KNOE is based out of Monroe, La., and is a CBS affiliate that also carries the CW on digital, and KAQY is based out of Columbia, La., and is an ABC affiliate. KALB doesn’t serve El Dorado.
In a letter, Senior Vice President Pete Abel explains, “Over the last several years we have enjoyed a good relationship with Hoak and its stations. Unfortunately they are now asking for a great than 200 percent raise in their pay.”
He continued, “That’s not fair and not justified, especially in this economy. If our customers are not getting a 200 percent raise, neither should Hoak and its stations.”