Tampa, Fla. – WFLA-TV, News Channel 8 a Media General NBC affiliate, today announced that its current retransmission consent contract with DISH expires on September 30 at midnight (ET) and at this time it appears unlikely that a new agreement will be reached. If a new retransmission consent contract is not reached by September 30, by law, DISH cannot carry certain local television stations owned, operated, or serviced by Media General Inc. on its satellite system.
“Our highly-rated television station is an important asset to our local community and it is unfortunate that DISH does not recognize our fair market value,” said General Manager Brad Moses. “Although we have successfully completed agreements with other cable and satellite operators, DISH has refused to reach a similar agreement. We continue to negotiate with DISH to reach a fair, market-based deal before our contract expires.”
Viewers can receive updates and register their support for WFLA by visiting www.dontdropWFLA.com. In the event that WFLA is no longer carried by DISH, viewers may continue to watch their local news, lifestyle and sports programs, as well as top-rated prime time and syndicated programming, over-the-air via antenna or by switching to an alternative pay-TV service provider, including Direct TV, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS in the Tampa Bay area.
About Media General
Media General is a leading provider of news, information and entertainment across 18 network-affiliated broadcast television stations and their associated digital media and mobile platforms. The company’s stations serve consumers and advertisers in strong local markets, primarily in the Southeast. Media General’s television stations include affiliations with NBC (8), CBS (8), ABC (1) and CW (1). One-third of the company’s stations operate in the Top 50 markets in the United States. Media General’s stations reach more than one-third of TV households in the Southeast and more than 8% of U.S. TV households. Media General entered the television business in 1955 when it launched WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida, as an NBC affiliate.
On June 6, 2013, Media General announced a merger with Young Broadcasting. Assuming completion of the pending merger, the combined company will own or operate 31 network-affiliated television stations across 28 markets, reaching approximately 16.5 million, or 14%, of U.S. TV households. The balance of network affiliations will include CBS (12), NBC (9), ABC (7) Fox (1), CW (1) and MNT (1). Sixteen of the 31 stations are located in the Top 75 DMAs.