WISH owner, Bright House reach agreement

October 29, 2008
More than three weeks after Bright House Networks stopped carrying television signals of three Indianapolis television stations over its cable network, Bright House and the stations' owner have reached an agreement to restore the service.

Lin TV Corp., the Providence, R.I., owner of WISH-TV Channel 8, WNDY-TV Channel 23 and WIIH-TV Channel 17, said the signals were restored at midnight.

Lin would not disclose terms of the deal.

"We were negotiating nonstop," said Lin spokeswoman Courtney Guertin. "We're just happy to have an agreement."

Lin broadcasts CBS programming to 125,000 subscribers in Indiana through Bright House.

Florida-based Bright House, which is owned by media giant Time Warner, and Lin came to loggerheads Oct. 3 after months of negotiations failed to produce a renewal of their agreement.

The agreement announced today also covers Lin stations in Terre Haute and Fort Wayne. A dozen other stations outside Indiana also are covered.

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