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Residents who have DISH Network received a rude awakening this week as the local Fox and CBS affiliates were pulled off the air.
The dispute stems from LIN Media, a multimedia company based out of Providence, R.I., who couldn’t reach an agreement with DISH Network prior to the current contract expiring on March 4.
LIN Media owns television stations in 19 markets.
“We only want what is fair for our local stations, so that we can continue providing the premium news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to viewers,” said LIN Media’s President and Chief Executive Officer Vincent L. Sadusky. “We will continue negotiating with DISH so we may reach an agreement.”
Immediately after KRQE and KASA disappeared from the DISH Network lineup, DISH posted a notice on the now-dark channels, claiming that LIN Media was demanding a rate that was 175 percent higher than what DISH paid under the old contract.
On its website, KRQE posted a link to DISH Network subscribers saying the station had tried to reach an agreement with the satellite company but “without fair and equitable treatment, local TV stations will not be able to continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment and other local programming that is most important to you.”