Suddenlink to drop Viacom-owned channels if deal isn't reached

CHARLOTTE, MECKLENBURG COUNTY - Missouri-based cable TV provider Suddenlink Communications says it plans to drop 24 channels owned by Viacom from its programming, impacting viewers in 16 states, including North Carolina.

Suddenlink says it will pull Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Nickelodeon and other channels from its lineup at midnight Wednesday if it can't reach a deal with Viacom on a proposed fee increase.

In a news release, Viacom said Suddenlink "abruptly stopped negotiating" with Viacom a week ago.

To avoid an interruption in programming, the statement said, Viacom on Tuesday accepted for a one-year period Suddenlinks' "final economic proposal" to renew its carriage of 24 Viacom networks.

Suddenlink serves more than 30 towns and cities in eastern North Carolina.

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