After a three-week blackout, Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York are going to be able to watch CBS again on Thursday. But that announcement today is not the end of the carriage dispute between TWC and CBS that has seen the NYC station dark since August 2. WCBS will just be on again on TWC for the long scheduled NYC civic elections candidates debate and then after one hour the station will go dark again – until the next such debate. “Programming Note: Everyone, including Timer Warner Cable subscribers, can watch tomorrow’s night’s Democratic Controller debate at 7PM on Channel 2/WCBS-TV and CUNY-TV’s Channel 75. Channel 2 will be carried by Time Warner Cable for the duration of the debate,” said a banner on WCBS’ website. Five more debates between Mayoral candidates and others are scheduled to also air on various local stations up to the city’s September 10 primaries and the assumed Democratic Mayoral runoff later in the month. If the blackout is still on, WCBS will come back to life on Channel 2 and the HD Channel 702 for the 7PM August 28 GOP Mayoral debate and the 7PM September 23 Democratic Mayoral runoff debate if necessary. “With vacancies in all three citywide offices, this election will decide the future of the city we all share and love,” said Father Joseph Parkes of the NYC Campaign Finance Board today in a statement after CBS and TWC reached their deal on the debates. “We are very pleased that these two institutions have chosen to look past their differences and provide all New Yorkers the best opportunity to see these important debates.” The Campaign Finance Board had been pushing both sides for the past week to allow the debates to air on the CBS station which is a sponsor of the events. CBS stations and CBS-owned stations like Showtime went dark for the 3.2 million TWC subscribers in NYC, LA and Dallas earlier this month as the two companies were unable to come a resolution on retransmission fees. CBS and TWC are talking but no overall deal has been reached yet.
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