Media General’s Tampa, Fla., NBC affil says the satellite service’s subscribers will lose its signal if a new retransmission consent contract isn’t signed by midnight, Sept. 30.
WFLA Tampa Says No Deal Yet With Dish
Media General NBC affiliate WFLA Tampa, Fla. (DMA 14) today announced that its retransmission consent contract with Dish Network expires on Sept. 30 at midnight ET and, the station said: “At this time it appears unlikely that a new agreement will be reached. If a new retransmission consent contract is not reached by Sept. 30, by law, Dish cannot carry certain local television stations owned, operated, or serviced by Media General Inc. on its satellite system.
“Our highly-rated television station is an important asset to our local community and it is unfortunate that Dish does not recognize our fair market value,” said General Manager Brad Moses. “Although we have successfully completed agreements with other cable and satellite operators, Dish has refused to reach a similar agreement. We continue to negotiate with Dish to reach a fair, market-based deal before our contract expires.”
Viewers can receive updates and register their support for WFLA by visiting www.dontdropWFLA.com. The station added: “In the event that WFLA is no longer carried by Dish, viewers may continue to watch their local news, lifestyle and sports programs, as well as top-rated prime time and syndicated programming, over-the-air via antenna or by switching to an alternative pay-TV service provider, including Direct TV, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS in the Tampa Bay area.”