Fox Family Says EchoStar Dawdled


DENVER -Fox Family Channel has charged that EchoStar Communications Corp. took too much time before trying to exercise a contract clause that would allow it to drop the cable network, according to recently filed court papers .
EchoStar filed suit this fall, claiming its carriage deal with Fox Family allowed it to stop carrying the service as a result of an ownership change. The network was sold to News Corp. and Saban Entertainment in 1997

But in recently filed answering papers, Fox Family claimed EchoStar waited too long-three years-to try to act on the contract clause.