Fox 8, Spectrum Cable At Odds

Cleveland - Spectrum Cable customers may have noticed something is missing from their television as of Thursday morning.

Fox 8 is not being broadcast on Spectrum consumers TV's after a contract dispute between the two was not resolved in time to avoid the shutoff.

A statment on the matter from Fox 8's web page reads "We sincerely regret that Spectrum has forced Fox 8 off your cable package, and we share your frustration.  Our parent company Tribune Media worked diligently to prevent this interruption, and their work continues to ensure the return of Fox 8 as soon as possible. . .but this also requires Spectrum to work just as hard".

“We’re extremely disappointed that we do not have an agreement on the renewal of our contract with Spectrum,” said Gary Weitman, Tribune Media’s senior vice president for corporate relations. “We’ve offered Spectrum fair market rates for our top-rated local news, live sports and high-quality entertainment programming, and similarly fair rates for our cable network, WGN America.  Spectrum has refused our offer and failed to negotiate in a meaningful fashion.”

Spectrum has released a statement, which is currently playing on the channel instead of regular Fox programming. 

It is unclear at this time how long the stalemate will last.

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