CMG, in its release, said it’s “hopeful that Dish will abandon its well-worn path of blacking out TV stations to the detriment of viewers in favor of meaningful negotiations that bear a mutually beneficial deal for all parties.”
Private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which purchased a majority stake in CMG a year ago, in January had a similar dispute with Dish in 10 other markets. Those stations returned to Dish in March, when the pandemic began.
Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, which owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in its entirety, now possesses a minority stake in CMG.
Dish has about 9 million subscribers nationwide, down from 9.5 million a year earlier. The service does not release how many subscribers it has in specific markets.