Media General’s 18 stations went dark on Dish Network’s system at midnight, after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, Multichannel News reports.
The stations include WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla., and WJAR-TV in Providence, R.I. — both NBC stations.
"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," WNCN-TV general manager Douglas Hamilton said in a statement. WNCN is in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and is also an NBC affiliate. “Although we have successfully completed agreements with other cable and satellite operators, Dish has refused to reach a similar agreement.”
Dish, in a statement, said that Media General "remains immovable in its demands."
The stations went dark after the two sides had already extended their negotiations by 90 days, following the expiration of their original retransmission agreement in June, the piece notes.