GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The owners of NBC 26 and Time Warner Cable had their first face to face meeting this week, after CBS/Showtime inked a deal with the cable provider.
WGBA in Green Bay and WTMJ in Milwaukee were among 15 stations across the country owned by Journal Broadcast Group that were pulled from Time Warner's lineup on August 25th after a failure to reach a new retransmission deal.
Journal Executive Vice President of Television and Radio Operations Steve Wexler says many believed that once the major market deal with CBS was done, they were next.
The two sides called the talks "productive".
However, Wexler says Time Warner is claiming their two Wisconsin stations' cable spots are no longer available, or that they have been sold.
WTMJ channel 4 spot was replaced with the Game Show Network and NBC 26 channel 7 spot is airing the Tennis Channel.
Wexler says not returning the TV stations to their old spots is a non-starter.
“We can’t agree to terms on a deal that doesn’t return our stations to their cable position,” Wexler said, “In Milwaukee, we’ve been channel 4 since 1953; we’re known as channel 4, we’re going to be channel 4”.