WJBF blocked on DISH

Programming on Augusta ABC affiliate WJBF has been blocked for local DISH Network customers.

DISH and the broadcaster’s parent company, Media General, have been in negotiations to reach a retransmission agreement since June.

DISH representatives said in a statement Tuesday that Media General rejected their offer of a short-term contract extension as the broadcasting company awaits a merger with Young Broadcasting, which is expected in the fourth quarter.

DISH is fighting what it calls a “massive price increase” from Media General. Seventeen South­ern markets would be affected by the stalemate.

A similar issue between DISH and Raycom Me­dia, Fox affiliate WFXG, was settled Aug. 9 with an undisclosed agreement.

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