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Sounds like Insight might be concerned about upcoming negotiations with Sinclair. Last Thurs, Insight’s Michael Willner paid a visit to the FCC to discuss the current state of retrans consent negotiations with broadcasters whose existing agreements expire Dec 31, "particularly with Sinclair Broadcasting," according to an ex parte filing. Also present was lobbyist Kevin Joseph. Recall that it took Time Warner Cable and Sinclair more than a month of extensions earlier this year before a deal was reached. There was a lot of public rancor before the contract expired last Dec, but service was never interrupted. Mediacom and Sinclair quietly reached a deal late last year, but the MSO lost Sinclair stations for about a month in ’07 during a retrans spat.

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