By Kate Ward
Updated August 30, 2010 at 01:33 PM EDT

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney and Time Warner Cable are nearing a deal for the continued carriage of Disney, ABC, and ESPN. (The current deal expires Thursday.) The following statement was printed on the websites for Disney and Time Warner Cable’s carriage news: “The Walt Disney Company and Time Warner Cable have made significant progress in our negotiations for continued distribution of ABC, Disney, and ESPN networks and services. We are now focusing all our attention on a successful conclusion of these efforts prior to the September 2 deadline.”

The two parties reportedly had sparred over the cost of ABC TV stations, and consumer charges.