It was less than 2 months ago when the news was buzzing about the Dish Network/Sinclair carriage dispute. There was panic, upset, anger and many, many more emotions. And it looks like we’re back in the same boat, but this time the two companies causing rough seas are Dish Network and Tegna.
Dish announced last night (10/6), that it has lost 64 Tegna local network affiliates in 53 markets (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW).
“We made a fair offer to keep Tegna stations available to our customers, but Tegna rejected it, forcing the removal of its channels,” said Brian Neylon, Dish’s group president. “Tegna is looking to sell its stations to the higher bidder, and is simply trying to exploit DISH customers as a way to get the maximum price and further fatten their wallets.”
Here is what Tegna had to say in response:
“DISH has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us based on the competitive terms we’ve used to reach deals with numerous other providers that reflect the current market. While DISH is one of our smaller distributors, we regret any inconvenience for any of our customers, and hope that DISH will come back to the table to get a deal done to return our valuable programming to their system.”
To learn more about the Dish Network/Tegna dispute, check out this great article from TV Answer Man.
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