Tribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal yet

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Tribune Broadcasting is denying that it has reached a settlement with DirecTV Inc. in their contract negotiations, which means that DirecTV subscribers in 16 U.S. markets may lose access to certain programming at midnight.

DirecTV said in a statement on Saturday that it has accepted financial terms that Tribune's management offered it two days ago to carry Tribune's 23 local broadcast stations so that customers would not lose their programming when the deal expires.

But Tribune came out with its own statement shortly after on Saturday, saying that it has not reached a deal or come to terms with DirecTV on any aspect of the contract.

DirecTV fired back in another statement that the two had reached a handshake deal on Thursday with an agreed upon rate for Tribune's channels.