DISH Network asked for federal help Friday to force an end to the blackout of affiliate stations across the Southeast.
After a three-week blackout of Media General’s 18 stations, including Johnson City’s CBS affiliate WJHL, DISH called on the Federal Communications Commission to order the media company to negotiate an agreement with the satellite network.
“Media General’s conduct violates the Commission’s rules requiring good faith negotiation for retransmission consent rights, because, among other things, Media General failed to respond for 11 days to DISH’s last pre-blackout offer,” the complaint, filed on Friday, reads. “There could not be clearer evidence of bad faith than when a broadcaster post-blackout refuses to even negotiate.”
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