That was quick. Some 25 Hearst-owned TV stations are back on Dish Network about 14 hours after they went dark in a retransmission contract dispute. The companies didn’t disclose terms. Hearst said that it regrets the hassle for consumers and advertisers and is “pleased the interruption was brief and that our stations have been restored on Dish Network systems.” The fight hit ABC, CBS, NBC, CW, MyNetwork and independent stations in markets including Albuquerque, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Tampa. Last night Dish General Counsel R. Stanton Dodge said that the showdown with Hearst — leading to the station black out — “is a prime example of why Washington needs to stand up for consumers and end local channel blackouts.” Another Dish exec, Dave Schull, said that the No. 2 satellite company “offered to keep the channels on while we try to reach a deal, but Hearst refuses to put viewers first.”
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