Dish tonight could lose 12 local channels in seven markets due to a programming dispute with their owner, Morgan Murphy Media.

Update, Tuesday, January 25, 5:14 a.m. – The two sides apparently are still in negotiations with the channels still available in Dish’s lineup. Dish’s web site,, includes this message: “We are still working to reach a fair long-term deal to avoid any service interruption.” The TV Answer Man will update this story when we receive more information.

Update, Thursday, January 27: The stations now say the temporary agreement will end on Friday at 7 pm ET.

Update, Friday, January 28: See Dish Faces New Deadline For 12 Stations

The stations over the weekend posted a viewer alert advising Dish subscribers that they could lose their signals if a new agreement is not signed by 7 p.m. ET tonight.

“The WISC-TV carriage agreement with DISH expires at (7 p.m. ET) Monday, January 24. While we wish to avoid a disruption in your DISH service, without an agreement or extension, DISH could choose to remove our programming from its lineup,” states the notice posted by WISC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin.

The seven markets affected by the dispute are Joplin, Missouri, Spokane, Washington, Yakima, Washington, Kennewick, Washington, Victoria, Texas, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and Madison, Wisconsin.

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Dish has yet to issue a statement in response to the Morgan Murphy Media posting. But the satcaster may be a bit busy trying to settle at least a dozen other carriage disputes that have left more than 100 channels missing in its lineup, including 64 Tegna-owned locals.

The Dish-Morgan Murphy fight has been brewing for several months. Morgan Murphy threatened to remove its signals from Dish last October, but the two companies signed a short-term agreement to allow negotiations to continue.

Update Monday: Dish’s Twitter customer service team posted this today:
“We don’t understand why Morgan Murphy Media has chosen to put our customers in the middle of its negotiations. We are still working to reach a fair long term deal to avoid any service interruption.”

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