New Orleans’ Fox Station Goes Dark on Dish2/06/2012 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
of Dish customers
their access to
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.