Gannett, Dish reach agreement over TV fees

2:31 PM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Dish and Gannett say they have reached an agreement in a fee dispute that had threatened to leave more than 2 million Dish subscribers in 19 cities without access to local television stations owned by Gannett.

The companies said Monday that they reached a long-term agreement but didn't give further details.

Dish Network Corp. had claimed that Gannett Co. was asking for a 300 percent increase in fees for the right to carry WCSH 6, WLBZ 2 and 20 other Gannett stations affiliated with NBC, CBS, ABC and MyNetworkTV. Gannett has said it was seeking a fair deal in line with market rates.

The two sides are also fighting over Dish's new digital video recorder, which allows customers to automatically skip commercials from the previous night's prime-time broadcasts.

Besides Portland and Bangor, Gannett's television markets include Denver, Atlanta and Washington, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Phoenix, Cleveland, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Little Rock, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sacramento, Knoxville, Tenn., Greensboro, N.C., Columbia, S.C. and Macon, Ga.

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