DISH, FOX resolve retrans row
DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 16 January 2015
Following what seems to be the standard weeks' worth of wars of words in such things, DISH and FOX News have settled their retrans row.
dishUnder the terms of a multi-year carriage agreement, the specific terms of which have not yet been disclosed, FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network content will now be available to customers of the US satellite firm with the appropriate qualifying programming package.
The row rumbled over the latter part of 2014, and on 20 December after failing to come to an agreement, DISH pulled the channels from its screens, though insisting that FOX had actually removed them from its roster. As the rancour was raised, DISH chairman Charlie Bergen posted a video accusing FOX News of looking to double its previous rates and describing its negotiation tactics as tantamount to "extortion" and a move that was "greedy, arrogant, and disrespectful" to viewers.
Commenting on the peace that has now broken out, Tim Carry, FOX News and FOX Business executive vice president of distribution, and Warren Schlichting, DISH senior vice president of programming, jointly stated: "We thank the viewers of FOX News and FOX Business and DISH customers for their patience throughout this process."