Published: Oct 16, 2012 4:44 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 16, 2012 4:48 PM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Southwest Florida aerialist Nik Wallenda says he won't be wearing a safety harness when he crosses the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, as he did when he crossed Niagara Falls.
    
Wallenda told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on Tuesday that he has signed a contract with an unnamed cable network to broadcast the roughly half-mile walk.
    
In June, Wallenda crossed a 1,800-foot span over Niagara Falls. The event was televised live by ABC, which required Wallenda -against his protests - to wear a safety harness. His contract for the Grand Canyon walk specifies that he doesn't need a harness.
    
Wallenda said: "We cleared that up on the front end this time. I'm clear and free."
    
No date has been set for the Grand Canyon stunt, and the exact location will be announced pending negotiations with two Indian tribes.


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