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Gannett, which threatened a blackout with DISH last month ( Cfax , 10/9), is now warning DirecTV subs that a disconnect might happen at week’s end if the 2 can’t strike a retrans deal. The companies have been in intense negotiations over the past weeks. "Gannett has never had service disruption with a major carrier," the company, which owns 23 stations across the country, said in a statement. "We will continue to work with DirecTV right up to the (Nov 30) deadline." The satellite company said discussions remain productive. "DirecTV customers should rest assured that, even though Gannett has removed its stations from other distributors’ customers before, those interruptions were resolved within hours and not days. We would hope Gannett will not resort to any unnecessary blackout, however brief it might be." — Charter and LIN TV continued talks Thurs as they face contract expiration at midnight. Eleven LIN O&Os are carried by Charter, including the CBS affil in Providence, RI, and NBC affil in Grand Rapids, MI ( Cfax , 11/21).

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