Sides fail to reach retrans deal after days of talks, public sparring

Tribune Broadcasting stations in 19 markets are set to go dark on DirecTV at midnight after the companies failed to reach a new carriage agreement.

The sparring between the sides of retransmission consent fees became heightened today as the sides disputed whether a ”handshake” deal had been reached on Thursday, as DirecTV claimed. The shutdown affects 23 Tribune stations — mostly CW and Fox affils — in such major markets as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.

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