[TAMPA, FL] September 8, 2023 – Following protracted negotiations, the efforts of Hearst Television, parent of WMOR-TV, to achieve a new carriage agreement with DISH, reached an impasse, and, as a result, WMOR-TV is now no longer being carried by DISH’s satellite system. The channels impacted are MOR HD 32 on Dish Network.
The current carriage agreement had been set to expire at midnight on July 31st but was extended by Hearst Television multiple times until 2PM on September 8th, in an attempt to avoid an impasse.
“Unfortunately, the DISH negotiating team is seeking the right to carry our stations at below market rates, which is neither fair nor reasonable given the significant investments we have made to deliver top tier programming to our viewers,” said Pam Barber, President & General Manager of WMOR-TV.”
“We regret the inconvenience DISH’s demands has imposed on its subscribers, and we will keep our communities fully informed of developments.”
“It should be noted that we have not ‘blacked out’ our station,” Pam Barber added. “Viewers may continue to receive our station for free, over the air, and, where available, from local cable or other satellite operators.”
Viewers can determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Hearst Stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.
To contact DISH regarding the inconvenience caused by its unreasonable demands call DISH customer service at 1-800-333-DISH (3474).
About Hearst Television
Hearst Television owns and/or operates 35 television and two radio stations serving 27 media markets across 39 states reaching over 22 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content over more than 120 video channels including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, Estrella and more. The radio stations are leaders in Baltimore news/talk and rock music listenership. Its Hearst Media Production Group unit produces original programming across linear and streaming platforms for domestic and international distribution. It’s Very Local app, free to download on household OTT devices and available across popular streaming services, offers 24/7 access to local news, weather, and an array of local and regional.