Time Warner Cable Lifts CBS Blackout in N.Y. for Spitzer Debate

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Eliot Spitzer

Subscribers will be able to watch candidates for city comptroller trade barbs for one hour, starting at 7 p.m. ET Thursday.

Time Warner Cable will briefly lift its nearly three-week-long blackout of CBS channels in New York so subscribers can watch a one-hour debate featuring candidates running for city comptroller at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer is among the candidates for comptroller participating in the debate.

If the blackout continues, the cable company will also broadcast the Republican mayoral debate on Aug. 28 and the Democratic mayoral debate on Sept. 23.

“We’re pleased to provide New Yorkers the chance to catch the New York City Comptroller debate on Channels 2 and 702 despite the CBS blackout,” said Glenn Britt, Time Warner Cable’s Chairman and CEO, in a statement. “Customers will be able to tune in and listen to the important topics the Comptroller candidates will discuss about New York City’s financial future.”

Earlier Thursday, CBS reached a deal with TWC rival Verizon FiOS based on the same terms CEO Les Moonves says TWC was offered.

TWC has also agreed to provide a free preview of the Tennis Channel during the U.S. Open, several matches of which are also broadcast on CBS.

Most analysts, as well as CBS Sports head Sean McManus, predict the start of the NFL season in September will force both companies to reach a deal.