Contract expires, 9 & 10 no longer on Dish Network

May 29, 2015

By Pat Maurer

Local news and weather won’t be available to some satellite television viewers now.
Because their contract with Dish Network has expired, WWTV/WWUP-TV, in our area the Cadillac Station 9 & 10 news, was removed for the Dish Network channel lineup at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Heritage Broadcasting which operates the CBS affiliate for Traverse City, Cadillac and Sault Ste Marie announced that their contract with Dish expired April 15.

They said, “Prior to the expiration and since then Heritage Broadcasting has been negotiating with Dish Network.  Heritage Broadcasting has offered multiple extensions so service to our viewers was not interrupted. Unfortunately, Dish Network has refused to recognize the value of local news, weather and sports that are delivered everyday by 9&10 News.  Additionally, Dish Network fails to recognize the recently increased cost that 9&10 News as a CBS Affiliate must pay CBS in order to deliver all the live events, sports and CBS Primetime.”

Heritage, which has been broadcasting television across the area since 1954, produces four and a half hours of local news, weather and sports daily. They also deliver CBS and syndicated programming to the Northern Lower Peninsula and Eastern End of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In addition to the local news and weather Heritage has viewers in at least 36 of Michigan’s 83 counties.

The press release said, “Dish Network is using their status as a Fortune 500 company, headquartered in Colorado, to bully Heritage Broadcasting, a locally owned Michigan Company. Dish Network is attempting to use their vast corporate wealth to dictate the terms and conditions of a new contract.”

They continued, “Although Heritage Broadcasting is a mere fraction of the size of Dish Network, Heritage Broadcasting will not be bullied by a large corporation such as Dish Network.”

Heritage said, “We hope to reach an amicable contract as soon as possible and apologize to all our viewers for the inconvenience.  9&10 News continues to be available over the air and on DirecTV, Charter and on virtually every cable television provider.”
They said viewers can contact Dish Network at (888) 656-2461 to voice their concerns.

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