Cox, DISH Put Contractual Dispute on Hold Due to COVID-19 Outbreak




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Girl watching TVCox Media Group announced it’s pressing pause on a contractual dispute with DISH during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement means DISH can keep carrying Cox stations in several markets around the country.

“From the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, our CMG newsrooms across the country have been working around the clock to provide accurate and up-to-date information to the communities we serve,” Kim Guthrie, CEO of Cox Media Group, said in a press release.

DISH network customers in 10 markets lost access to Cox stations in mid-January as the two companies got into a prolonged contract dispute. However, in announcing a truce, Cox cited the need to keep residents connected to local broadcasts and news reports during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

In all, the following DISH markets should continue receiving Cox stations:

  • Binghamton, New York
  • Syracuse, New York
  • Medford, Oregon
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Yakima-Tri Cities, Washington
  • Yuma, Arizona
  • Alexandria, Louisiana
  • Eureka, California
  • Greenville-Greenwood, Mississippi
  • Idaho Falls-Pocatello, Idaho

“We are pleased DISH has agreed to restore these channels on its line-up so that our viewers in these communities can be informed and able to make the right decisions for the safety of their families,” Guthrie said.

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