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Rep. Clarke’s Calls on News Corp and Cablevision to End Black Out Period

Joining Call for Both Parties to allow the FCC to Handle the Negotiations

Brooklyn, NY – Today, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement calling on the News Corporation (parent company of Fox News) and Cablevision to allow the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to mediate the negotiation process after they failed to come to an agreement over retransmission of Fox News in New York City.

“I am calling on News Corp and Cablevision to work with the FCC to come to an agreement in these retransmission consent disputes. There have been an increasing number of these disagreements in recent years and Brooklyn residents should not be held hostage every time negotiations between two media companies fail. These customers deserve much better than that,” stated Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.

Since News Corp and Cablevision failed to reach an agreement in the retransmission consent negotiations, millions of cable television customers lost broadcast programming on News Corp channels this weekend.

“I will continue to join other elected officials in highlighting the importance of News Corp and Cablevision moving forward with negotiations and continue to provide broadcast programming to the 11th Congressional District. I will continue to be in communication with the FCC and monitor the outcome for our residents,” concluded Rep. Clarke.