Dish Network nears Media General blackout in 17 markets

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Media General is beginning to warn Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) subscribers that they will lose its 17 TV stations unless the company agrees to pay increased retransmission-consent fees by Sept. 30.

Dish's contract was set to expire on June 30, but the satellite TV provider and Media General agreed to a 90-day extension. Media General owns ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates in several states, including Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

"Our highly-rated television station is an important asset to our local community and it is unfortunate that Dish does not recognize our fair market value," Brad Moses, general manager of Media General WFLA-TV in Florida, said in a prepared statement.

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