Media General, the owner of WJHL in Johnson City, and DISH Network could not reach a contract extension. As a result, customers in the region can no longer receive the station with a Dish Network satellite system.
“We’ve attempted to reach a fair agreement via many avenues, but Media General remains immovable in its demands,” said Sruta Vootukuru, DISH director of programming, in a released statement. “They declined a contract extension, an offer from DISH to pay our competitors’ rates, and have now refused our willingness to match rates paid to other area broadcasters. Media General is overreaching by trying to force DISH customers to pay more than their neighbors.”