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Verizon, Hearst reach agreement that will keep WBAL content on Fios | COMMENTARY

This file photo shows the logo for Verizon above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Verizon's decision to join the growing boycott against Facebook and Twitter risks hurting the social media giants where it hurts most: their advertising revenue. Advertising accounts for nearly all Facebook's $70.7 billion annual revenue, and a similar share of Twitter's $3.46 billion. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
This file photo shows the logo for Verizon above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Verizon's decision to join the growing boycott against Facebook and Twitter risks hurting the social media giants where it hurts most: their advertising revenue. Advertising accounts for nearly all Facebook's $70.7 billion annual revenue, and a similar share of Twitter's $3.46 billion. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) (Richard Drew/AP)

Verizon and Hearst Communications reached an agreement on retransmission fees early Friday that will allow Fios subscribers in the Baltimore area to continue to see programming from WBAL-TV and NBC. The Hearst-owned station is Baltimore’s NBC affiliate.

Verizon sent an email to subscribers at 2:13 a.m. Friday saying, “Great news! We’ve been able to reach an agreement with Hearst Television. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these talks, and we thank you for your support.”

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Tom Campo, a spokesman for Hearst, confirmed the agreement in an email Friday, but declined to discuss terms. He said the deal was reached around 2 a.m., and to the best of his knowledge, WBAL content remained available to Fios subscribers past the midnight deadline as negotiations continued.

The agreement covers Hearst stations in Baltimore, Boston (including Manchester, N.H.), Harrisburg-Lancaster and Pittsburgh, according to Campo.

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David Zurawik is The Sun’s media critic. Email: david.zurawik@baltsun.com; Twitter: @davidzurawik.

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