Dish Drops Meredith-Owned Stations

The stations group has 16 stations pulled off the satellite service.

On Tuesday, 16 Meredith Corp.-owned stations were dropped from the Dish Network lineup after the two sides failed to reach a new retransmission consent contract.

Meredith’s stations will still be available over-the-air and from all other cable, satellite, and OTT providers serving their respective markets.

“Meredith has been trying for months to get Dish Network to negotiate seriously and reaching a deal is our top priority,” said Patrick McCreery, president, Meredith Local Media Group. “We know the vital local news, emergency information, and top-rated sports and entertainment programming we provide are important to Dish’s customers, and we hope Dish will make it a priority to reach a deal too. Meredith stands ready, willing and able to reach a fair deal with Dish. Meredith has successfully completed hundreds of carriage agreements, and there is still time for Dish to reach a deal too.”

The following stations are affected by Dish Network’s blackout:

  • Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL, DMA 10
  • Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO and KTVK (IND), DMA 12
  • St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV, DMA 21
  • Portland Fox affiliate KPTV and KPDX (MYN), DMA 22
  • Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV, DMA 27
  • Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV and KSMO (IND), DMA 32
  • Hartford-New Haven CBS affiliate WFSB, DMA 33
  • Greenville-Spartanburg Fox affiliate WHNS, DMA 38
  • Las Vegas Fox affiliate KVVU, DMA 39
  • Mobile-Pensacola Fox affiliate WALA, DMA 58
  • Flint-Saginaw CBS affiliate WNEM, DMA 65
  • Springfield-Holyoke CBS affiliate WSHM, Fox affiliate WGGB-DT and ABC affiliate WGGB, DMA 108

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tvn-member-3628948 says:

July 17, 2019 at 12:48 pm

“Dish drops …”
Legally, Dish can’t carry TV signals under retransmission consent without the consent of the TV station owner.
That’s what the word “consent” is in there.
Meredith could exercise its “carry one, carry all rights” to maintain access to Dish customers.
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