WNCN-TV, Raleigh's NBC affiliate, is no longer being carried on Dish Network after an agreement between Dish and the station's parent company expired at midnight Monday.
Media General, WNCN's owner, said in a release Tuesday that it is working to reach a resolution with Dish that will allow programming to be restored.
"Media General has reached hundreds of fair, market-based agreements over many years with every other cable, satellite and telephone company that carries our stations on their Pay-TV systems," the company said in a statement. "Media General stations have never experienced a disruption of service with any Pay-TV company because of an impasse. On the other hand, local stations are blacked out on DISH more than on any other Pay-TV system."
Dish, on the other hand, said Media General remains "immovable in its demands" in a statement.
“They declined a contract extension, an offer from DISH to pay our competitors’ rates, and have now refused our willingness to match rates paid to other area broadcasters," said Sruta Vootukuru, Dish's director of programming.
"Media General is overreaching by trying to force DISH customers to pay more than their neighbors.”
Live streaming of WNCN news is available over the station's website, WNCN.com, and can be watched free over the air using an antenna.