By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man –@tvanswerman

Dish announced last night that it has signed a new multi-year carriage agreement with Hearst Television, returning 37 Hearst-owned local channels to its satellite lineup after a two-month blackout. The stations are in 27 markets. You can see a list of the Hearst stations here.

“We’re pleased to have reached a long-term agreement that benefits all parties and most importantly, our customers,” said Gary Schanman, executive vice president and group president of video services for Dish Network. “Thank you to our customers for your patience and understanding as we worked through the negotiations.”

Hearst did not release a statement last night after the settlement.

The two companies were fighting over how much Dish should pay Hearst to carry its stations. Dish argued that Hearst was asking for an excessive rate while the broadcaster said the satcaster wanted to pay “below fair market prices.” Dish and Hearst did not announce any financial terms with the settlement.

Dish is still without 13 Cox Media stations since November 2022 and 28 Mission Broadcasting and White Knight stations since January of this year in separate disputes.

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