Sacramento’s KCRA, KQCA briefly dropped by DISH Network amid talks

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Sacramento television stations Channel 3 (KCRA) and Channel 58 (KQCA) briefly dropped off the DISH Network Tuesday night and Wednesday morning due to an impasse in negotiations between the stations’ parent company, Hearst Television Inc., and DISH for a new transmission agreement.

The local stations were off DISH from about 7 p.m. Tuesday night through about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Larry Kellogg, creative services director for the stations.

The stations’ return came amid New York-based Hearst’s Wednesday morning announcement that it had reached a retransmission consent agreement with DISH. The agreement affects Hearst television stations in 25 markets.

A statement by Hearst said: “We appreciate the support and patience of our viewers, advertisers and local communities served by our stations. We regret the inconvenience they’ve experienced over the past several hours. We are pleased the interruption was brief and that our stations have been restored on DISH Network systems.”

The previous transmission agreement expired at midnight March 1, but Hearst said it granted a series of extensions to avoid disruption of service while negotiations continued.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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