WKBT-TV AND DISH NETWORK REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT, SERVICE RESTORED

WKBT-TV and DISH Network have reached a tentative agreement restoring the local CBS affiliate to its satellite service Saturday night.

The current agreement ended March 17, 2012 at 12:59 a.m., and the station’s feed was no longer available to subscribers. Network service was restored before 9 p.m. Saturday when WKBT-TV granted an extension to DISH allowing the two parties to finalize a deal.

“We are happy to reach an agreement to provide our local news, weather and CBS programming to the thousands of our valued viewers,” said Scott Chorski, vice president and general manager of WKBT-TV. “We know any time our station is not available, it’s frustrating for viewers, which is regrettable.”

“DISH is pleased to announce this new agreement, and we thank Morgan Murphy Media for its willingness to remain at the negotiating table and help reconnect DISH customers to those local channels with all their excellent programming. We are proud to continue offering to DISH customers the best channel choices at the lowest everyday prices in the industry,” said Andrew LeCuyer of DISH Network.

WKBT-TV is owned by Madison-based Morgan Murphy Media, which owns TV and radio stations in Wisconsin and Washington. It has more than 70 full and part-time employees in Madison alone and is committed to covering a large portion of western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota. With 20 hours of local news, weather, community affairs and emergency information programming each week, WKBT-TV is a vital part of the local community.