Fisher and Dish finally settle


Fisher Communications stations are back on the Dish Network local-to-local satellite service after being removed in December. The two companies announced that they have a new retransmission consent agreement and have resolved all litigation.

Dish pulled the Fisher stations in December after the old retrans agreement expired. At the same time Fisher had sued Dish, claiming it was owed $1 million in retrans payments for the stations in had acquired in Bakersfield, CA. The parties did not disclose financial terms of the new retrans agreement, nor how the lawsuit was resolved.

“We are pleased we were able to reach an agreement with Fisher to return these channels to our subscribers,” said Dish CEO Charlie Ergen.

“We recognize the important role that we play in the community through our news and programming and we are pleased to renew our partnership with Dish Network, which will allow us to continue serving our local viewers and customers,” said Fisher CEO Colleen Brown.

The Fisher stations that returned to Dish Network are: KOMO & KUNS Seattle, WA; KATU & KUNP Portland, OR; KIMA Yakima, WA; KVAL Eugene, OR; KBCI Boise, ID; KIDK Idaho Falls, ID; and KBAK & KBFX Bakersfield, CA.