Tribune Broadcasting had harsh words today for Dish Network as the two companies remain at an impasse in their retransmission dispute. As we reported previously, Tribune Media pulled 42 stations in 33 markets off Dish systems due to the stalled negotiations.
In a press release sent out today, Tribune Media Co. said, “Dish Network has been totally unresponsive in negotiating a new contract between the two companies, even as millions of Dish subscribers across the country go without access to Tribune’s 42 local stations and cable network WGN America.”
Gary Weitman, Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations for Tribune Media, added: “It has been more than 48 hours and we’ve had zero response to it, and as a result of Dish’s unresponsiveness, their subscribers suffer the consequences — missing important local news and entertainment programming as well as one-of-a-kind live sporting events like the NBA Finals and The U.S. Golf tournament. We stand ready to negotiate, but we can’t do so alone.”
Weitman said Tribune has repeatedly offered Dish an extension through the end of August.
“Dish rejected every offer, which demonstrates a total disregard for their customers and our viewers,” he said. “Perhaps that explains why they have lost almost 150,000 subscribers in the last year alone.”