Grant Communications Stations Dark for Dish Subs
Retrans stalemate affects Roanoke, Huntsville, other markets; Daytona 500 looms
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/20/2013 4:44:49 PM
A statement on the WZDX Huntsville homepage read in part:
"Please rest assured our entire management staffs are working around the clock, trying to come to an agreement with the Dish Network comparable to all our other cable agreements. However, Dish continues to not answer our phone calls or meet with our negotiating team, dragging out the process at their own pace."
"We are disappointed that Grant has chosen to be unreasonable in its demands, as many Dish customers in the Grant markets enjoy their Fox programming," said Sruta Vootukuru, Dish director of programming. "Grant's request that Dish pay three times what it paid just over a year ago is well beyond market rates, and we hope Grant will become more reasonable so we can make these channels available to our customers."
Said Debbie Reardon, Grant's director of marketing, "We hope to have a solution at any moment."
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