Former Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), who retired from Congress after the 2012 election, recently indicated that she will be an advocate on Capitol Hill for the Inspiration Network (INSP), a Christian television network on cable and satellite platforms that is based just south of Charlotte, NC. INSP, whose mission statement is “to positively impact people’s values, beliefs and behavior through values-based entertainment programming,” has been in a carriage battle with the DIRECTV satellite service.
INSP recently announced, “INSP is offered free to TV providers and doesn’t add one single penny to your monthly satellite bill… DIRECTV rejected our offer to carry INSP for free, even though DIRECTV pays at least 90% of the other programming networks they carry.”
For its part, DIRECTV states, “DIRECTV has various programming arrangements. Sometimes we pay networks for their content, and sometimes they pay us. DIRECTV did not drop INSP, they simply decided they no longer wanted to be carried under terms very similar to their previous contract. It was their decision.”
The Charlotte Observer reports that former Rep. Myrick declared, “This is something that’s a fairness issue… for independent networks. They don’t have a voice when it comes to negotiations on these issues.” Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) also spoke up for INSP during a recent hearing in the House Energy & Commerce Committee with DIRECTV represented on the panel.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: April 4, 2014