Tribune & Dish strike deal; WHNT & CBS programming resumes for satellite subscribers

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CHICAGO – WHNT News 19 is pleased to report that our parent company, Tribune Broadcasting, and DISH Network L.L.C. have reached an agreement. The two companies announced late Saturday afternoon that they had reached a long-term, comprehensive agreement on carriage and retransmission consent.

The agreement restores DISH carriage of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 local television stations in 33 markets, which includes WHNT, and Tribune’s cable network, WGN America.  The stations had been off the satellite provider since mid-June while the two companies negotiated terms for a new contract.

The companies issued the following joint statement: “We want to thank our viewers and customers for their patience and support as we worked through this lengthy process. We’re pleased to move forward and again be able to provide the content of Tribune’s local stations and WGN America for years to come.”

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Peter Liguori, CEO of Tribune Media, said, “While the specifics of the agreement are confidential, we’re pleased with its terms and believe we achieved everything we had hoped to, including broad distribution for WGN America.  The timing is great, too, with college and NFL football about to get the regular season underway, new fall prime-time programming set to debut in a few weeks, and “Salem” returning for its third season on WGN America.”

WHNT and its sister stations appeared back on the Dish line-up around 5p.m. central time Saturday night.

WHNT News 19 management and team members would like to thank the viewers of the Tennessee Valley for their patience, support and understanding during this complicated negotiation.  We’re pleased to be back in the living rooms of Dish subscribers!