Dish drops Dothan channels, starting today

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WTVY and WRGX, the Dothan CBS and NBC affiliates found, Monday announced that pay-TV provider Dish Network has decided to stop carrying its programming on Tues., Jan. 17, 2017, at 6 p.m.

“We are shocked and disappointed to learn that Dish Network has decided to impose yet another blackout on its customers by taking away our station[s], which broadcast some of the most highly rated programming on any broadcast or cable channel in their market,” said Spencer Bienvenu, the stations’ vice-president and general manager.

The stations’ parent company, Gray Television, recently offered Dish an extension that would have continued beyond tomorrow’s deadline, but Dish refused to accept it.

“Unfortunately, neither our stations, nor the government, nor Dish’s millions of fee-paying customers can force Dish to continue carrying our stations when, as here, it chooses to take leading stations off of its system for perceived leverage in private carriage negotiations,” the company said in a press release.