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Scripps, AT&T resolve carriage dispute

Scripps Networks and AT&T have resolved the dispute that took its lifestyle nets, HGTV, Food Network, DIY, and Cooking Channel as well as Great American Country (GAC), off AT&T's U-verse platform on Friday morning.
November 8, 2010

Scripps Networks and AT&T have resolved the dispute that took its lifestyle nets, HGTV, Food Network, DIY, and Cooking Channel as well as Great American Country (GAC), off AT&T’s U-verse platform on Friday morning. The companies announced that an agreement had been reached Sunday nightbut details of the arrangement were not disclosed. ‘These situations are never easy, and everyone regrets that the viewers were caught in the middle,’ said John Lansing, president of Scripps Networks, in a statement. ‘After the initial impasse, both sides took quick action to work toward a constructive solution. We especially appreciate our loyal viewers and AT&T U-verse customers for their patience.’ Brian Shay,senior vice president of AT&T U-verse, said, ‘It was important to us on behalf of our customers to come to a positive resolution as quickly as possible. We appreciate everyone’s willingness to make that happen, working diligently over the weekend, so the situation wasn’t prolonged, and we thank our customers for their support and patience while we reached a fair deal.’

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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