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KXJB, DirecTV still haven't reached agreement to keep local CBS affiliate on the air


Local CBS affiliate KXJB will be removed from DirecTV lineups Thursday if a new deal to retransmit the station's signal on the satel-lite cable system can't be reached.

A spokesman for the satel-lite cable company, Robert Mercer, said in an e-mail today at 7:58 p.m. that the station's signal will come off DirecTV's lineup starting at 6 p.m. Thursday. A message on KXJB's Web site from the station's general manager, Charley Johnson, says the feed will be removed at 5 p.m.

The agreement allowing the cable TV provider to transmit KXJB's signal expired on Dec. 31, but negotiations that con-tinued on Wednesday have not produced a new deal, said Mercer, the director of public relations for DirecTV.

"We would be happy to keep the channel up while we con-tinue negotiating, but the station owners have re-quested that we remove the station from our channel lineup," Mercer wrote in the e-mail.

KXJB is owned by Parker Broadcasting of Dakota and operated under a manage-ment agreement by Dallas-based Hoak Media Corp., which also owns Fargo NBC affiliate KVLY.

Initially, the deadline for taking the station off DirecTV was set for midnight Thurs-day. It's not clear why the deadline was extended or how many subscribers the move will affect.

Charley Johnson, general manager of KXJB and KVLY, could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.