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Dish, WCYB in negotiations as Dec. 8 deadline looms

December 4th, 2013 1:43 pm by Hank Hayes

Dish, WCYB in negotiations as Dec. 8 deadline looms

BRISTOL, Va. — The parent company of NBC affiliate WCYB-TV5 and Fox Tri-Cities Channel 39 WEMT announced Wednesday it is in “good faith negotiations” with DISH Network to ensure continued service of its local programming.

In a release, New York City-based Bonten Media Group warned there is a possibility of service interruption due to contractual deadlines beginning Dec. 8.

Other cable and satellite providers in the area will continue to carry both local stations, the release pointed out.

“The local and other programming provided by WCYB is important to viewers in the Tri-Cities; including programs such as News 5 WCYB Newscasts, ‘The Voice,’ ‘Sunday Night Football,’ and CW programming,” said the release. “It costs WCYB millions of dollars to provide this important and desirable programming and DISH Network charges its subscribers to receive this popular programming from WCYB.” 

DISH recently went through a similar negotiation with Media General, the owner of Johnson City CBS affiliate WJHL, and the result was a six-week service disruption.

 This negotiation applies to DISH Network subscribers only, the release added.

If you have any questions, contact WCYB or WEMT at (276)645-1555, or go online at www.wcyb.com.

In addition to the Tri-Cities, Bonten Media Group operates TV stations in more than a half-dozen U.S. markets.


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