Dish, Media General Face Retrans Deadline

June 30 is cutoff date for 17 stations in 16 markets

About 17 Media General broadcast affiliates in 16 markets could
go dark for Dish Network customers at midnight on July 1 if the satellite giant
can't reach a retransmission consent agreement.

The Media General stations are currently negotiating
with the satellite giant, but both sides are hinting that the deadline could
pass without a deal.

In a statement, Dish is claiming that Media General is
asking for "unreasonable increases" in retrans fees for the stations. Affected
are eight CBS affiliates: WRBL (Columbus, Ga.).; WHLT (Hattiesburg, Miss.);
WJTV (Jackson, Miss.); WKRG (Mobile, Ala.); WBTW (Myrtle Beach, S.C.); WJHL
(Tri-Cities, Tenn.); and WNCT and WSPA (Greenville, N.C./Spartanburg, S.C.).
Another eight NBC affiliates also are in danger of going dark to Dish customers
-- WVTM (Birmingham, Ala.), WCBD (Charleston, S.C.), WCMH (Columbus, Ohio),
WJAR (Providence, R.I.); WNCN (Raleigh-Durham, Tenn.-area); WSLA
(Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va.); WSAV (Savannah, Ga.,) and WFLA (Tampa, Fla.). Also,
ABC-affiliate WJBF (Augusta, Ga.), could be affected.

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