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It’s not over yet for DirecTV and Gannett ( Cfax , 11/30), with their retrans contract expiring at midnight Fri (11/30). "We remain in productive discussions and have no intention of removing any of their local stations after today—that decision is entirely up to Gannett," a spokesman said Fri. However, Gannett has refused DirecTV’s request for an extension in talks, and instead is threatening to take channels away from subs "as negotiating tactic," he said. "We don’t see how that fulfills their obligation to serve the public interest." Regardless, DirecTV subs should rest assured that, "even though Gannett recently removed its stations from another provider for a brief period of time, we would hope they will not resort to any unnecessary blackout, however brief it might be," he said. Gannett, which owns 23 stations across the country, continued to warn viewers that they might lose the stations after midnight. Several of its stations are asking DirecTV subs to call the op to keep the stations on their Websites. Messages on CBS affil WUSA 9 were frequent Thurs night. Both the station Websites and DirecTVpromise.com told viewers that in the case of a blackout, they can still view Gannett Broadcasting programming over-the-air. If viewers have a newer TV set, the antenna is typically built right in. Subs can boost reception with an inexpensive digital antenna available at local electronics store. — This one is over. Charter reached an agreement for continued carriage of LIN TV stations late Thurs, before the contract’s midnight expiration. "This is a win for Charter customers, who will continue to enjoy LIN’s broadcast TV from Charter. We appreciated our customer’s patience and support as we worked through these negotiations, protecting their best interests," Charter said in a statement. LIN said in a statement on its Website that "we are pleased to inform you that an agreement has been reached with Charter and you will not lose access to your local TV station."

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