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WRAL reaches retransmission agreement – but it’s not the one we’re waiting for

Capitol Broadcasting Company – in the middle of a dispute that has kept its channels off the air for local AT&T U-verse customers for four weeks – announced Monday that it had reached a retransmission agreement with DISH Network.

The news release describes the agreement as a “long-term deal” that was “completed months in advance,” ensuring WRAL, WRAZ (Fox 50) and WILM in Wilmington will remain on the air for DISH viewers.

The release also couldn’t resist throwing a little shade at AT&T. The two companies are fighting over the amount of retransmission fees AT&T should pay CBC. Last week, CBC handed out thousands of free HD antennas to local AT&T U-verse customers.

“We worked out an agreement that is fair to both sides in less than 48 hours of negotiations, months in advance of the deadline, for the benefit of our viewers and DISH subscribers,” said Jimmy Goodmon, president and chief operating officer of CBC. “This shows what can happen when reasonable business partners share common interests and work together. We appreciate that DISH understands the value of our local channels for their customers, and we are pleased that DISH subscribers will be able to watch the award-winning news, weather, sports, and entertainment programming we provide for many years to come.”

Our coverage of the WRAL-AT&T U-verse dispute is below.

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