Media General Cable

Media General Cable of Fairfax was the cable TV provider for most of Fairfax County from 1982 to 1999.

Richmond-based Media General was one of only two bidders for the county's cable TV franchise rights in February 1982, the other being Fairfax Telecommunications.[1] The Board of Supervisors awarded the franchise to Media general on July 26, 1982.[2]

Residents of the Tremont Gardens neighborhood in Falls Church were among the first to receive cable TV service in the summer of 1983.[3]

On April 22, 1999, Cox Communications announced their intention to buy all of Media General's cable assets, including their operation in Fairfax County, for $1.4 billion in cash.[4]


  1. Hiatt, Fred. "2 Firms Bid for Fairfax Cable TV Franchise." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 2. Feb 19 1982. ProQuest. Web. 19 Apr. 2014.
  2. Hiatt, Fred, and Lee Hockstader. "Fairfax Picks Richmond Cable Firm." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 2. Jul 27 1982. ProQuest. Web. 19 Apr. 2014.
  3. Feeney, Susan. "Some Early Fairfax Cable Customers Object to Company's Sales Practices." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 1. Aug 18 1983. ProQuest. Web. 19 Apr. 2014.
  4. "Cox Buys Media General Cable Systems." CNNMoney. Cable News Network, 22 Apr. 1999. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.