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TNT SAYS IT WILL KEEP SAME CARRIAGE FEES DESPITE LOSING NFL
Published January 23, 1998
TNT "will seek to maintain its cable-operator carriage fees that include a surcharge for NFL games and will not reduce the planned percentage increase in fees during its contract-renewal negotiations at year's end despite the recent loss of its NFL package," according to Scott Hettrick of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Industry observers "believe TNT will have a hard time extracting a significant increase in carriage fees from cable operators when most affiliation agreements expire at the end of the year." Hettrick writes that TNT "built what some sources say was a 12-cent surcharge into its current per-subscriber fee of 54 cents to compensate for eight games of the NFL." TNT spokesperson Jim Weiss said that it "has no plans to offer operators a kickback on the surcharge," and that TNT "still has additional programming costs to offset," including renewal of its NBA deal (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1/23).