CBS, Time Warner Cable Reach Politically Motivated, Temporary Agreement

CBS, Time Warner Cable Reach Politically Motivated, Temporary Agreement

Feuding companies agree to set aside their differences momentarily for the sake of the New York Democratic primary debates

CBS and Time Warner have agreed to make nice. For a very short period of time, under a very specific set of circumstances.

While the two entities have been locked in a stalemate over retransmission fees that has left CBS blocked from approximately 3.5 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Texas, CBS and TWC have set aside their differences for the upcoming Democratic primary debates in New York.

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WCBS will air four upcoming debates, starting with the Democratic primary debate for comptroller, which airs Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.

Aside from that, the showdown pretty much remains where it's been for the past two-plus weeks, with CBS stations staying dark for Time Warner Cable customers in the areas where they can't reach an agreement over the retransmission fees.

New York City Campaign Finance Board chair Father Joseph P. Parkes, who urged the detente in a letter to the two companies last week, praised the companies' agreement to a temporary New York cease-fire.

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"With vacancies in all three citywide offices, this election will decide the future of the city we all share and love," Parkes said. "We are very pleased that these two institutions have chosen to look past their differences and provide all New Yorkers the best opportunity to see these important debates."