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DISH Network, WJHL facing deadline to reach new agreement

September 17th, 2013 8:52 pm by Hank Hayes

DISH Network, WJHL facing deadline to reach new agreement

JOHNSON CITY  —  DISH Network and WJHL are again headed toward the end of an agreement that could result in the Tri-Cities CBS affiliate being dropped from the network’s offerings.

WJHL said the deadline for reaching a new agreement is 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 30. If no deal is reached by the deadline, at midnight Oct. 1, DISH viewers could lose its programming.

In a emailed release, DISH said it offered WJHL a short-term extension of an existing retransmission deal until the television station’s owner, Media General, is acquired by Young Broadcasting.

DISH said it has a long-term agreement in place with Young Broadcasting.

“The only reason for Media General to reject that offer is to try to squeeze consumers for more money, to the tune of five times what DISH currently pays,” said Sruta Vootukuru, DISH director of programming. “We’re working on behalf of our customers to keep the programming at a fair price.”

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