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Dish fight could black out WJBF


Local Dish customers remain in danger of losing programming on ABC affiliate WJBF because the satellite provider has been unable to reach a retransmission agreement since June with the broadcaster’s parent company, Media General.

Dish representatives said in a statement that the company has offered a short-term extension of an existing deal with Media General pending the broadcaster’s merger with Young Broadcasting, expected to complete by the fourth quarter. Young Broadcasting will control 68.3 percent of the company and already has a long-term agreement in place with Dish, the satellite provider said.

Dish is fighting what it calls a “massive price increase” from Media Gen­e­ral. There are 17 South­ern markets that would be affected by the stalemate. A 90-day extension granted as the companies continued talks will end Sept. 28.

A similar issue between Dish and Raycom Me­dia was settled Aug. 9 with an undisclosed agreement. Because of the standoff, Dish customers in the area lost access to Fox affiliate WFXG for about a week.

HGTV host coming to Augusta store

David Bromstad, an interior designer and the host of HGTV’s Color Splash, will appear in Augusta next week for the unveiling of the HGTV Home Fur­niture collection at Wein­ber­ger’s Furniture and Mat­tress Showcase.

Bromstad, who also is host of HGTV’s The White Room Challenge, will meet fans from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Wein­berger’s showroom at 3021 River Watch Park­way.

In 2006, Brom­stad won the first season of HGTV’s Design Star, an interior design competition reality show.

In other news

U.S CONSUMER PRICES barely rose last month, the latest sign that slow economic growth is keeping inflation tame. The consumer price index increased just 0.1 percent in August, the Labor Department said Tuesday, after recording a 0.2 percent increase in July.