Dish Network Pulls Heritage Broadcasting
Heritage Broadcasting operates WWTV/WWUP-TV the CBS affiliate for Traverse City, Cadillac, and Sault Ste. Marie. WWTV/ WWUP-TV has been broadcasting television since 1954. WWTV/WWUP-TV operates under the name 9&10 News. 9&10 News produces four and one half hours of local news, weather and sports daily. In addition to local news, WWTV/WWUP-TV delivers CBS and syndicated programming to the Northern Lower Peninsula and Eastern End of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. WWTV/WWUP-TV is enjoyed by viewers in at least 36 of Michigan’s 83 counties.
Heritage Broadcastings’ contract with Dish Network expired April 15, 2015. Prior to the expiration and since then Heritage Broadcasting has been negotiating with Dish Network. Heritage Broadcasting has offered multiple extensions so service to our viewers was not interrupted. Unfortunately, Dish Network has refused to recognize the value of local news, weather and sports that are delivered everyday by 9&10 News. Additionally, Dish Network fails to recognize the recently increased cost that 9&10 News as a CBS Affiliate must pay CBS in order to deliver all the live events, sports and CBS Primetime.
Today Dish Network at 3:00 p.m. unilaterally removed WWTV/WWUP-TV from their satellite lineup. Dish Network is using their status as a Fortune 500 company, headquartered in Colorado, to bully Heritage Broadcasting, a locally owned Michigan Company. Dish Network is attempting to use their vast corporate wealth to dictate the terms and conditions of a new contract. Although Heritage Broadcasting is a mere fraction of the size of Dish Network, Heritage Broadcasting will not be bullied by a large corporation such as Dish Network.
We hope to reach an amicable contract as soon as possible and apologize to all our viewers for the inconvenience. 9&10 News continues to be available over the air and on DirecTV, Charter and on virtually every cable television provider.
You can contact Dish Network at (888) 656-2461 to voice your concerns.