1 December 2012 7:54 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Gannett offers no details, except that it has “reached an agreement” that will enable DirecTV to continue retransmitting signals from its 23 television stations. Gannett had warned viewers that a “signal disruption” was possible if the companies remained at impasse over a new contract last night, when the previous deal with DirecTV expired. The broadcaster said that it wanted “a fair, market-based deal.” But DirecTV countered that Gannett was trying to “get customers angry and pressure DirecTV to accept a deal that would more than double the cost of their stations.” NBC would have been hit especially hard if Gannett stations had gone dark on DirecTV: Gannett is the largest independent owner of NBC stations with 12 affiliates in markets including Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Cleveland, and Phoenix. The company also has six CBS affiliates, three with ABC, and two with MyNetworkTV. About 20% of the 20.1M households in Gannett’s markets watch the stations’ programming on DirecTV, »

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