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WJXX-ABC-25 and WTLV-NBC-12 could go dark on DISH Network

11:55 AM, Oct 5, 2012   |    comments
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Gannett, the parent company of First Coast News, has announced WTLV-NBC 12 and WJXX-ABC 25 may no longer be available on DISH Network if a new agreement isn't reached by midnight on October 7.

In addition to Jacksonville, Gannett owns TV stations in 18 other cities, including Atlanta, Denver, Sacramento, Tampa and Washington, DC.  
 
Gannett has set up a question and answer section on its websites, including firstcoastnews.com.

"We negotiate agreements for the rights to carry our stations with video service providers like DISH. In the vast majority of cases, these agreements are reached through normal business discussions. In fact, WTLV and WJXX have agreements in place with all of the video providers in our area. Unfortunately, so far DISH has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us," reads a section of the Q & A posted on firstcoastnews.com.

The Arizona Republic, also owned by Gannett, reports all Gannett stations could be affected. 

"We remain committed to continuing to negotiate with DISH right up to that deadline and believe an agreement is possible, as we are seeking nothing more than the same market-based terms that have allowed us to reach deals with TV providers across the country," according to a statement The Arizona Republic received from Gannett's broadcasting division.

DISH sent First Coast News a statement saying one of the disputes in the negotiations revolves around DISH's commercial-skipping feature in its DVRs.

"DISH has delivered innovation to improve upon technology that has been in the viewers' hands for decades. Viewers have been skipping commercials in the privacy of their own homes for generations," said Dave Shull, DISH senior vice president of programming in the statement. "The TV industry should be doing just that, delivering innovation and viewer control. Gannett is stifling innovation and crushing customer choice and control. That's insulting to our subscribers and we won't stand for it."

DISH, which is based in Englewood, Colo., has about 14 million customers nationwide.

Gannett has 82 U.S. daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and 23 TV stations, reaching about 21 million households.

First Coast News also broadcasts The Country Network on WTLV-TV 12.2 and the 24-hour First Coast News Live Doppler Channel - Your Two Minute Advantage weather channel on WJXX-TV 25.2.

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