Nexstar says AT&T 'actions contrast sharply with public commentary'
Nexstar Media (NXST) accused AT&T (T) of a "misinformation campaign" that began when AT&T indicated that "Nexstar pulled 120 of its local broadcast stations..." The company stated in a press release: "Nexstar did not pull its stations or ask for their removal from AT&T's DIRECTV, U-verse or DIRECTV NOW platforms. Rather, Nexstar's offer for a 30 day extension would have allowed consumers in the affected markets to continue viewing their favorite network shows, special events, sports, local news and other programming while the parties continue negotiations. AT&T in its 'External Fact Sheet' and in communications to elected officials, erroneously asserts that Nexstar has been involved in blackouts with Cox Cable, DISH Network, Charter Spectrum 'and others' when in fact Nexstar has never had DISH Network or Charter Spectrum remove its stations from their consumer video offerings...Nexstar wants nothing more than to bring its programming back to viewers by completing a new fair market agreement with AT&T and continues to negotiate in good faith to establish a mutually agreeable contract with DIRECTV. Nexstar has offered AT&T/DIRECTV the same rates it offered to other large distribution partners with whom it completed successful negotiations with in 2019 to date. Nexstar remains hopeful that a resolution can be reached immediately, but should AT&T fail to come to terms with Nexstar, Nexstar intends to continue to actively educate consumers in affected markets on how they can continue to receive their favorite network programming, in-depth local news, other content and programming relevant to their communities, and critical updates in times of emergencies." NXST T