Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 18, 2012

WOWK-TV back on DISH Network

The Independent

CHARLESTON, W.Va — West Virginia Media and DISH Network have reached a contract agreement to bring WOWK-TV back to customers, officials confirmed Wednesday.

The station’s Twitter account announced around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday that the channel was back on DISH Network.

Customers have been without access to WOWK-TV, the local CBS affiliate, for about two weeks. On July 11 -- which marked more than one week without the channel -- DISH Network customers received an email saying service to WOWK-TV was suspended because of a contract negotiation stalemate.

Marc Lumpkin, a spokesman for DISH Network, said Wednesday in a press release that West Virginia Media and the network reached a multi-year agreement.

"DISH is pleased that the owner of West Virginia Holdings personally reached out directly to DISH to make this deal happen in the best interest of viewers in those markets," Andrew LeCuyer, DISH vice president of programming, said in the release.

The release also said the terms of the negotiation weren’t disclosed.