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City Council To Hold Joint Oversight Hearing On TWC/CBS Dispute

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The City Council is stepping in on the battle between Time Warner Cable and CBS.

Time Warner Cable customers who have tried to watch CBS after 5 p.m. Friday, when Time Warner pulled the plug on CBS after failing to reach a deal on carriage fees, have seen the image at right on that channel.

Now, Speaker Christine Quinn, who is also a candidate for mayor, says the council will hold a joint oversight hearing Thursday to demand answers from both companies.

"I believe this emergency oversight hearing is going to get Time Warner, CBS, consumers, customers, in a room together, and will get us to a solution," Quinn said.

The station has also begun running ads asking cable customers to demand that Time Warner Cable bring CBS back.

Time Warner Cable, which is NY1's parent company, says CBS wants 600 percent more in fees than what other stations are paid.

CBS says that's not the case. It claims it was getting a smaller share of what Time Warner Cable pays other networks.

The blackout also impacts Showtime, which is owned by CBS.

Time Warner Cable says Showtime subscribers will receive a credit on their next bill.

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