Fox 8 Involved In Dish Network Dispute
October 22, 2010 5 Comments
UPDATE 10/22/10 1:25 PM: Reader “Fred” points out an article from another Local TV market confirming the representation, here, from long-time Milwaukee media columnist Tim Cuprisin.
Fred also reminds us of WJW’s anemic 11 kW VHF 8 signal, which means OTA viewing won’t be an option for many Dish viewers if there’s no Fox/Dish pact by the first of next month…
We’ve been trying to figure out why Local TV Fox affiliate WJW/8 “Fox 8” has been invoked in the dispute between Fox (and parent NewsCorp) and Dish Network, which has already forced Fox Sports Ohio off the satellite provider.
Our curiosity increased Thursday, when we heard a local radio spot – presumably produced by Fox – that promotes the company’s getwhatipaidfor.com dispute site…and specifically mentions WJW’s possible absence from the nation’s second-largest satellite provider if the dispute is not solved by November 1st.
As readers of the Mighty Blog(tm) certainly know, WJW hasn’t been owned by Fox/NewsCorp for some time now. That fact would presumably mean that it wouldn’t be involved directly in the dispute between its former owner and Dish Network.
OMW hears that indeed, Fox is “representing” WJW in the carriage dispute, and if no agreement is reached, WJW will disappear from Dish on November 1st.
There is precedent for this, but on the other side of the carriage wars.
Time Warner Cable sold off a number of cable systems in some other markets to Bright House Networks, but still handles carriage issues for Bright House even to this day.
We’ll assume that there is some clause in the deal selling WJW and the other mid-market O&O’s to Local TV, that keeps carriage negotiations under the Fox umbrella. We do know that there is (reportedly) a 10 year Fox affiliation deal for the stations, including WJW.
By the way, a slight bit of housekeeping. We expect to return to this blog regularly next week, possibly on Tuesday.
Our new “Secondary Editorial Voice” will continue to be able to write posts here, but we’ll take over the heavy lifting again next week..