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Media General and Dish Network strike a deal

Staff Reports • Nov 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Saturday proved to be fruitful for Tri-Cities region television watchers.

Media General and DISH Network, LLC announced they had reached a deal after a six-week blackout of most of Media General stations, including Johnson City’s WJHL.

The deal will go into effect today and will make Media General stations available in 17 markets, including the Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va. region.

According to a DISH Network news release, the terms of the agreement were not immediately released, but the programming would be immediately available.

The blackout, which began Oct. 1, had stemmed from the two companies’ inability to negotiate an agreement. Media General alleged DISH Network was not paying enough for the media company’s product, while DISH Network accused Media General of not responding to its pre-blackout offer, which had lasted 11 days at the time.

Prior to this agreement, DISH Network had called upon the Federal Communications Commission to force Medial General to negotiate.

Other markets that will become available because of the deal include: Augusta, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Charleston, S.C.; Columbus, Ga.; Columbus, Ohio; Greenville, N.C.; Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Jackson, Miss.; Mobile, Ala./Pensacola, Fla.; Florence/Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Providence, R.I.; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Roanoke/Lynchburg, Va.; Savannah, Ga.; and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.

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