WATERTOWN - WWNY and WNYF will be dropped from the DISH Network lineup at midnight today over a contract dispute between DISH and the stations.
United Communications Corp., owner of the stations, reached agreement with DISH on the financial terms of a carriage contract several weeks ago.
Since then, DISH has demanded additional non-monetary terms that UCC finds unacceptable. according to a release posted on the WWNY website Monday evening.
General Manager Cathy Pircsuk noted that the local stations had remained on the DISH lineup under terms of a temporary extension through today.
UCC Vice President Ken Dowdell said, Today, DISH rejected our offer to continue under the terms of the existing agreement so DISH subscribers would be able to watch their local news and other programs.
Our viewers depend on the hometown news that only stations like WWNY and WNYF provide, said Ms. Pircsuk. We live here, we work here and we provide significant community support.
Ms. Pircsuk urged DISH subscribers to call DISH customer service (at 855-318-0572) to urge DISH to restore the stations signals.