Every season, viewers and sports fans seem to be held hostage to disputes between broadcasters and cable and DBS providers over the terms of carriage of broadcast stations and affiliated programming. Is the must carry/retransmission consent model that underlies these disputes in need of a complete overhaul? This is an especially important question now, because thousands of carriage agreements will be up for renewal this year. This program will examine the real issues underlying retransmission consent disputes and the economics and politics driving these issues.


Jim Baller Principal, The Baller Herbst Law Group

Marty Stern
Partner, K&L Gates


Antoinette Cook Bush, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom LLP

John Hane, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Ross Lieberman, American Cable Association

Cristina Pauze, Time Warner Cable

Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge

Richard Waysdorf, Starz Entertainment