Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Yesterday, we reported that DISH Network customers are no longer able to receive certain network TV stations in Washington because of a contract dispute with Fisher Communications. Today’s news is that St. Louis-based Charter Cable will no longer provide its customers with KING-TV’s signal because of – wait for it – a contract dispute.

Charter, which provides service to Eastern Washington households, is set to drop KING on Dec. 31. Dallas-based Belo Corp., which owns KING, wants more cash.

KING issued a news release accusing Charter of not seeing the value in offering KING’s signal to its subscribers.

[UPDATE]-- The Puget Sound Business Journal reported on Dec. 29 that Charter and Belo have reached a tentative agreement that will allow Central Washington viewers to keep watching KING-5.

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