EchoStar, News Reach Last-Minute Deal


EchoStar Communications Corp. and News Corp. reached a last-minute
retransmission-consent deal that kept 24 TV stations up on Dish Network,
officials said.

The new multiyear carriage agreement, reached late Monday night, covers a
variety of Rupert Murdoch's broadcast properties: 21 owned-and-operated Fox TV
stations, two United Paramount Network stations and one independent station.

The old retransmission-consent deal between News Corp. and EchoStar expired
July 1, and the direct-broadcast satellite provider was threatening to drop the
Fox TV stations if an agreement wasn't reached.

The new retransmission-consent pact was finalized at 11:57 p.m. PST Monday,
according to EchoStar spokesman Marc Lumpkin, just minutes before the

There has been tension between EchoStar and Murdoch's company since the DBS
provider successfully bid against News Corp. last fall to acquire DirecTV