(Robert Feder) Robservations on the Media beat

“As negotiations with Dish Network dragged into a third week, Nexstar Media Group began running spots Wednesday on its local stations — including WGN-Channel 9 — urging viewers to take action. (Here is the link.) Nexstar’s 164 stations and WGN America have been blacked out by the satellite TV provider since December 2 in the dispute over a retransmission agreement. “Unfortunately, Dish has made a practice of dropping networks and local television stations from its programming lineup,” said Gary Weitman, chief communications officer of Nexstar. “There are currently more than 200 channels off its system. Our negotiations aren’t going as quickly as we would like, due largely to Dish’s inability to respond quickly to the multiple proposals we have made during the last two-plus weeks.” No response from Dish.”

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