DAYTON, OH (January 14, 2020) – WHIO-TV, the local CBS affiliate found on Channel 7426 for DISH customers, today announced that despite prolonged negotiations, it appears that DISH is unwilling to carry the station starting overnight on January 16, 2020. As a result, WHIO-TV will no longer be seen on DISH as of January 16, 2020.
“We are simply seeking a fair deal, which adequately values the award-winning news, sports, entertainment, weather and traffic programming that is paramount to our local viewers,” said Rob Rohr, WHIO-TV’s Vice President and General Manager. “In fact, we are asking for far less than what DISH pays for national networks even though our ratings are much higher. More importantly, those national networks offer no local news, provide no information about local school closings, have no local employees, and offer nowhere near the same high-quality, compelling programming that we provide,” continued Rohr.
The long-term agreement between WHIO-TV and DISH expires at 1:59AM EST on January 16, 2020. WHIO-TV cannot force DISH to strike a deal that keeps WHIO’s programming on DISH’s channel lineup after that deadline.
WHIO-TV’s programming will remain available for viewers over the air, and this dispute will not affect customers of any other video provider. “We have agreements with every other major cable and satellite distributor,” Rohr stated.
“It is unfortunate that DISH does not value our highly rated station and invaluable news coverage from News Center 7. Regardless, we will continue to offer the same high-quality programming as we always have, and we will continue to serve our community as we have done for decades.”
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