I formerly headed up programming for a local ABC-TV affiliate. I later had a similar role with Tacoma’s Click Network, so I can see both sides of the dispute between Click and KOMO-TV that has kept the channel dark.
Stations like KOMO used to be thrilled to be on cable as no station can reach every home with a simple antenna. Cable systems like Click have spent millions of dollars wiring homes and making other capital improvements, making sure high-definition channels look pristine.
Local stations that used to get paid by networks like ABC for carrying programs now often pay …