Dispute Means ABC-12 Could Fade to Black for Dish Network Customers [UPDATE]
* UPDATE * Gray Television and Dish Network were able to reach a deal late Tuesday, which means Dish subscribers will continue to receive programming.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Flint's local ABC affiliate is slated to go dark for Dish Network subscribers tonight (1/17) at 7 pm, if the satellite provider is not able to reach a deal with the station's owner, Gray Television.
WJRT is one of hundreds of stations in 53 markets that will be dropped by Dish Network, if an agreement over fees is not signed. Gray affiliates have posted a statement on their stations' websites, stating:
"We have been diligently negotiating with Dish Network to reach a fair deal. Unfortunately, Dish Network has refused to reach a fair deal with us. As a result, on January 17th at 7PM ET you could lose all programming."
The stations are urging customers to contact Dish Network to voice their opinions, or switch providers in order to continue viewing local programming.
The dispute with Gray is not Dish Network's only ongoing battle. A dozen stations owned by Bonten Media could be dropped by Dish tonight as well. Bonten does not own any TV properties in Michigan.
Gray Television also owns WILX-TV in Lansing, and WLUC in Marquette, Michigan.