The Duncan Banner

Local News

December 6, 2011

Area CableOne to lose OKC channels

Duplications could eliminate state news stations

DUNCAN — (Editor’s note: Indications are the CableOne cable TV provider that serves Duncan and Marlow will be losing three state channels that will be replaced by channels in Wichita Falls, Texas. This is the first part of a continuing series examining the potential change.)

Retransmission consent agreements between CableOne and three Oklahoma broadcasters aren’t happening, and come Jan. 1, 2012, area subscribers in the Duncan and Marlow area will be watching news broadcasts from Texas instead of Oklahoma.

Stations involved are NBC KFOR Channel 4, CBS KWTV Channel 9 and FOX KOKH Channel 12. Area subscribers will lose access to those stations, and it appears consumers will not be able to change the outcome.

CableOne’s National Media Director Melanie Stroup said the Oklahoma networks aren’t to blame and the issue lies with the FCC and Nielsen’s. She said the situation has been ongoing for years.

“Unfortunately, you guys (Duncan and Marlow) fall into the Wichita Falls, Texas, DMA (Designated Market Area),” Stroup said Monday, from her office in Arizona.

Duncan City Manager Jim Frieda and Marlow City Manager Janice Cain, said they received letters Friday regarding the negotiations from Duncan’s General Manager Deron Lindsay.

Cain said Lindsay’s letter, dated Dec. 1, informed her Friday was his last day with the company, which was confirmed by the Duncan CableOne office Monday. Stroup also confirmed Lindsay has left the company to begin a position with an unnamed company.

While Frieda discussed the issues of the franchise agreement, Cain took a more personal approach to the loss of the stations.

“We’re having to fight for Oklahoma City stations,” Cain said, adding that she doesn’t believe CableOne is the “bad guy” in this issue.

Noting the situation comes down to money, Cain said, “The networks are holding everybody hostage, in my opinion.”

Again, Stroup said fault doesn’t fall in the networks laps. “There’s two issues at play here,” she said. “The FCC decides which DMA you are in. Your networks in Wichita Falls can have a non-duplication status and so your Oklahoma City stations are duplications.”

She confirmed the Wichita Falls networks are requesting the non-duplication status.

Frieda said he was told Friday that talks between CableOne and the Oklahoma networks were ongoing. “They (CableOne) are in negotiating stages with what they can afford or not afford for their customers,” he said.

However, Stroup said negotiations are completed and there was no chance CableOne will keep the Oklahoma City news market in which Duncan and Marlow fall.

News of the possibility of losing the stations was published in legal notices published in The Banner Wednesday. The notices did not indicate negotiations in progress, only that the Oklahoma stations would not be available after Dec. 31.

According to the letter issued by Lindsay, in 1992, Congress adjusted the laws giving broadcasters the favorable advantage to demand cash for service providers like CableOne to have the rights to carry the over-the-air signal. Rights renewals happen every three years and CableOne’s agreements with the three Oklahoma City broadcasters expire on Dec. 31.

“At CableOne, we are committed to providing our customers with the best TV programming at a reasonable price. Programming is our most expensive cost, which is why we negotiate hard with broadcasters for retransmission consent,” Lindsay noted in the letter.

Stroup said she is aware of the letter’s contents, but there are no negotiations at this point.

The letter further stated that CableOne hasn’t taken a video rate increase in more than two years, instead absorbing broadcaster rate increases without passing those along to customers.

“However, for 2012, broadcasters are increasing their demands and asking for triple-digit increases.”

Stroup did not provide the increase rates that were being sought.

The letter indicates if CableOne goes along with the demands, those increases are passed to customers. If not, the channels could be removed. Stroup said it wouldn’t matter since Wichita Falls networks are losing viewers when Duncan and Marlow customers are watching the Oklahoma channels. She said it is not in Wichita Falls best interest to allow Oklahoma broadcasters to continue duplication.

Cain has her own interpretation. “The area (residents) desire to stay with Oklahoma City stations for Oklahoma news. We want to know what our governor and legislators are doing. I believe CableOne has its hands tied,” he said.

Stroup didn’t have any solutions to how Duncan and Marlow could get their DMA status changed, only noting it has been under the Wichita Falls market for many years.

Text Only
Local News
  • 7-25 Marlow Gas.jpg Church ministry to host $1-per-gallon gas event on Saturday

    Hop & Sack Grocery should be hopping on Saturday morning.
       The annual gas buydown project, a ministry of Marlow’s First Baptist Church, will begin at 8 a.m. and last until noon on Saturday.
     The church will buy down the price of gas so customers will pay only $1 per gallon for up to 20 gallons.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25 Chance Anderson.jpg Homegrown Marlow singer returns for free concert

        Marlow native Chance Anderson brought his  band to  Marlow’s downtown stage Thursday evening for the second of three community concerts of the summer.
     Free hot dogs and drinks were served to about 150 people who gathered for the music.
        Jason McPherson, city administrator, said he was proud of the turnout, especially with the raging heat.

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • Red Cross notes importance of local participation

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25 National Day of the Cowboy 0013.jpg National Day of the Cowboy kicks off Saturday

    The annual National Day of the Cowboy will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
    The theme is centered around Native American culture and will be showcased through a variety of different activites, specifically the ongoing Allan Houser Exhibition.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Temperature hits 101

    The temperature hit 101 in Duncan on Thursday and stayed there for about two hours before cooling down to 99 at 6:35 p.m., the National Weather Service reported.
    More hot weather is in the forecast.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24 Rotary Mike Nelson 0087.jpg Nelson discusses Duncan’s water supply during Rotary meeting

    Duncan Vice Mayor Mike Nelson doesn’t think Duncan residents need to worry about the city’s water supply.
    Despite Stage 3 water rationing, which limits outdoor watering to midnight to 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Nelson said the forethought of Duncan’s forefathers, who were also Duncan Rotary members, have created a backup system for the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-24 Douglass Pool Update 0081.jpg What’s dug up at cemetery goes down at spray pad project

       Dana Stanley knew just where to go to get fill dirt for the Douglass Park spray pad project -- the local cemetery.
       The city is building a splash pad on top of what used to be Douglass Pool, but  before that happens  a fairly large hole has to be filled.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest for Duncan man

    Bail was set at $250,000 Wednesday for a Duncan man who was allegedly found to have two bags of methamphetamine and two bags of marijuana in his home.
    Duncan Police Officer Suzannahe Weir said she stopped Steven Fontinott, 62,  for a traffic violation on Saturday.

    July 24, 2014

  • Man drives drunk, rolls truck in the process

    A felony warrant was issued for a Marlow man who was allegedly found to have been driving drunkenly following a rollover accident on Nabor Road.
    Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Darin Carman said William Waller, 33, was pinned under the steering wheel of his truck and smelled of alcohol.

    July 24, 2014

  • Hard year for peaches doesn't dampen summer tradition

    A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they've come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.”
    Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, might beg to differ. Even so, Porter is known for its peaches, and every year thousands of people flood this town of about 600 residents to taste and celebrate the local crop during the three-day Peach Festival.

    July 24, 2014


Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites