On a twitter post, KFOR-TV announced it reached an agreement with CableOne. But the announcement is a little misleading in that no agreement has been reached with all CableOne providers.


On a twitter post, KFOR-TV announced it reached an agreement with CableOne. But the announcement is a little misleading in that no agreement has been reached with all CableOne providers.

 

David Wall, General Manager of the Ardmore office, says no agreement has been reached locally.

 

“There was a contract signed with KFOR, but it only pertains to Duncan and Ada,” he said. “It doesn’t pertain to the Ardmore and Altus market. With that being said, it doesn’t mean negotiations won’t continue through the end of the month.”

 

There are reasons why Duncan and Ada have come to an agreement with CableOne and Ardmore hasn’t. Those markets carry different Oklahoma City stations and are having to make concessions on which channels they will carry.

 

“We are still in discussions with community leaders in Ardmore, my boss in Phoenix and KFOR,” Wall said. “But  other negotiations have no bearing on what is happening here.”

 

This is all about CableOne trying to negotiate its programming fees in a competitive market. I have been very upfront that we are going to lose a broadcast channel. We are not the same market as in Duncan because they will be losing KOKH and keeping KFOR.”

 

In an effort to gauge community preference on options, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce circulated a survey online to 1,200 people Thursday. The questionnaire listed which options would be preferred: Keep current program listings with an increased monthly rate of $2 to $4 or continue with current monthly rate while keeping KWTV-9 (OKC/CBS) affiliate and either KFOR-4 (OKC/NBC affiliate) or WFAA-8 (Dallas/ABC) affiliate.

 

“We have just had a lot of interest from our chamber members and we think our members represent the business community and would give us some insight to what they feel,” Mita Bates, Senior Vice President, said. “The programming issue is the key issue which has been addressed to us. It goes back to we tend to identify ourselves in Ardmore with Oklahoma City. There has been a long-standing relationship and you don’t want to lose something you are used to having.”

 

Chamber president Wes Stucky has been in contact with Wall and officials from KFOR and other Oklahoma City stations during negotiations, staying on top of the current situation.

 

“This is an issue of concern to local citizens,” he said. “The bottom line is we will have one Oklahoma City station,  and we will have another one but not the other — it could be WFAA or KFOR. We want to let CableOne know what our members prefer.”

 

Stucky did note that television viewing is down in the traditional sense and he was satisfied with weather coverage presented by local stations.