Policy

New Orleans’ Fox Station Goes Dark on Dish

2/06/2012 12:01 AM Eastern

Dish Network subscribers in the
New Orleans market lost access to local Fox affiliate WVUE last Tuesday (Jan. 31), after the
satellite-TV provider and the station could not
reach a retransmission consent agreement.

According to Dish, WVUE, owned by
Louisiana Media, has requested affiliate fee
increases of as much as 300%, which the satellite
giant has refused to pay.

“We are disappointed that Louisiana
Media has chosen to be so unreasonable in
its demands, as
we know that a
significant number
of Dish customers
in New
Orleans enjoy
their access to
Fox programs,”
Dish senior vice
president of programming David Shull said
in a statement.

On its website, WVUE acknowledged
that its retransmissionconsent
agreement with Dish
expired on Jan. 31.

“We have been continuing negotiations
with Dish in order to
reach a fair agreement and to restore
Dish’s carriage of WVUE,” the
station said on its website.

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