There has been no resolution in the dispute between WGXA and DISH Network, which is keeping Fox and ABC off the air for DISH subscribers.
Keith True, general manager of WGXA, said Sunday that he hasn’t heard anything new but described the negotiations between the two companies as ongoing.
Dave Shull, senior vice president of programming for DISH Network, issued a statement Saturday regarding the dispute.
“Frontier Radio Management, owner of FOX (Ch. 24) and ABC (Ch. 16) affiliates in Central Georgia, has blocked DISH Network customers from accessing its channels after refusing to negotiate a fair agreement before the contract expired at 12:01 a.m. ET Jan. 1, 2011,” the according to the statement. “DISH Network offered to extend the contract so negotiations could continue, but Frontier Radio Management refused and demanded more than double the current rate to bring the channels back..”
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Subscribers to cable and other satellite systems can still get ABC and Fox. DISH Network subscribers can get the two networks by installing a hi-definition antenna.