Media General Extends Dish Retrans Deal for 90 Days

Parties Faced June 30 Expiration Of Extant Pact Covering Stations in 17 Markets

Media General has provided Dish with an extension of its retransmission-consent agreement into September.

The parties faced an 11:59 p.m. deadline on June 30 of their current retrans deal, but that pact has been extended for 90 days, according to Media General. As such, Dish subscribers will continue to be able to view broadcast network affilate programming on Media General stations in 17 markets as the station and No. 2 DBS provider continue to try and negotiate a new agreement.

“As we continue to work toward an equitable agreement with Dish, we have chosen to protect our viewers from a loss of signal by extending our current contract,” said Jim Conschafter, vice president, broadcast markets at Media General, in a statement. “Our highly-rated television stations are important assets to our local communities. This extension ensures that viewers may continue to watch their local news and lifestyle programs as well as top-rated primetime programming as we continue to do everything we can to negotiate a fair, market-based agreement. We appreciate our viewers’ patience and feedback. We have the best interests of our viewers in mind as we work hard to reach a successful outcome during this period.”

Dish officials could not be reached for comment by presstime on Friday afternoon.