Tegna stations return to Dish after contract dispute left subscribers in the dark

NEW YORK, N.Y. – TV station operator Tegna and Dish Network say they have resolved their contract dispute, and that Tegna stations would return to Dish effectively immediately.

Tegna had cut off Dish subscribers’ access to its local channels Friday evening in more than three dozen markets because of a contract dispute. The dispute affected 46 TV stations operated by Tegna in 38 markets. On Sunday, the two sides said they reached a multi-year agreement, but did not provide further details.

The dispute came about because satellite broadcaster Dish had refused to pay the rate increase pushed by Tegna for retransmission consent fees.

Tegna is the largest independent station group of major network affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching about one third of all TV households nationwide, according to its website.