Success Stories

As a direct result of ATV negotiations, our
clients have attained more than
$250 million in cash-for-carriage fees
over the current retrans period...
straight to the bottom line.

Put the ATV Team to work for you!

  • 1983 | First year of ATV operations. We placed Indianapolis station WXIN on common cable channel 11 throughout the market. That made it possible for this UHF station to be treated as a VHF station. WXIN became the the winner of the first ever “Fox Affiliate of the Year Award”.

  • 1984 – 1985 | Assisted numerous Fox stations in gaining carriage and good channel positions. Our client WFGX, Augusta, along with another UHF station who received common VHF channel positions, was the second winner of the “Fox Affiliate of the Year Award”.

  • 1985 | The Supreme Court rules “must-carry” unconstitutional. ATV Broadcast’s amicable policies help keep peace and maintain carriage with cable during a time of turmoil in the broadcast industry. ATV Broadcast clientele jumped to 20 stations.

  • 1993 | First year of retransmission consent after passage of the 1992 Cable Act. ATV represented 80 television stations, managing every phase of retransmission consent - from mass mailing of election letters, through face-to-face negotiations with cable MSOs. Cash was not possible, but ATV created value through free fiber optic links, second channels for local news, CNN Headline News inserts, cable purchase of station advertising buys and much more. ATV was the distribution catalyst for cable networks like Home & Garden Television working hand in hand with Scripps Howard; America’s Talking (now MSNBC) and others.

  • 1994 | Helped create Fox Affiliates consortium (FACE) to leverage 80 Fox affiliate station retransmission consent negotiations.

  • 1996 | “Retrans Middle Man” story about Mike Ruggiero runs in Broadcasting & Cable magazine. Link To Download  -  "Retrans Middleman"  -  Broadcast & Cable

  • 1998 | Secured broadcast industry's first cash-for-carriage deal from satellite service providers.

  • 1999 | Secured multicast carriage rights in retransmission consent. Launched the AccuWeather Local Digital Weather Channel with Capital Broadcasting on Time Warner Cable.

  • 2003 | Secures broadcast affiliates for the first entertainment multicast channel, The TUBE Music Network.

  • 2004 | Secures affiliation agreements for The TUBE with Raycom Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Broadcasting. December 2004. ATV is featured in the cover story for "Minds in Media."

  • 2005 | Secured high definition carriage and cash considerations in negotiated retransmission consent agreements. Secured broadcast affiliates and carriage for new multicast channels Latino Alternative Network (LATV) and World Championship Sports Network (WCSN). Begins development of Motor Trend Television network.

  • 2006 | Mike Ruggiero is a guest panelist at ATSC Conference and BFA conference.

  • 2007 | ATV secures the first meaningful cash-for-carriage deals for our clients. Advance preparation begins for the next round of Retransmission Consent 

  • 2008 |  ATV begins the heavy lifting process, including preparation of election letters to all cable, telco, and satellite service providers for each ATV client. Followed by the start of the negotiations for this round of retransmission consent negotiations, with a targeted eye toward cash and full carriage of our clients' digital signal, including multicast channels.

  • 2009 | Cash deals negotiated by ATV for their respective clients for this retransmission consent period.

  • 2011 | ATV exceeds $400 million in CASH fees for their clients.

  • 2014 | "Cutting Some Slack" published in The Financial Manager magazine.  

  • 2015 | ATV exceeds $400 million in CASH fees for their clients.

Link To Download  -  "Cutting Some Slack"