Dish Reaches Retrans Accord with West Virginia Media


Dish Network said Wednesday it has reached a new, multiyear retrans agreement with West Virginia Media for carriage of its four TV stations in the state.

Those are WBOY (NBC and ABC affiliations) in Clarksburg; WOWK (CBS) in Charleston; WVNS (FOX and CBS) in Bluefield; and WTRF (CBS, FOX and ABC) in Wheeling.

The stations have been off Dish since July 1. No financial terms were disclosed, but the No. 2 DBS provider previously stated that West Virginia Media had been seeking a 200% increase in retrans funds.

"Dish is pleased that the owner of West Virginia Holdings personally reached out directly to Dish to make this deal happen in the best interest of viewers in those markets," said Andrew LeCuyer, Dish vice president of programming, in a statement."West Virginia residents have had a difficult time with severe weather and its consequences in recent weeks; and we are glad to know Dish customers will now receive all the local news that will contribute to their quality of life."