CNN Goes Dark On Dish in Latest Carriage Dispute

Turner's CNN, Cartoon Network and TruTV Among Channels Impacted

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CNN President Jeff Zucker.
CNN President Jeff Zucker. Credit: CNN

CNN, among several other Turner Broadcasting networks are going dark on Dish Network amid a carriage dispute.

The two companies said they failed to reach a renewal agreement on Monday night.

Other networks impacted by the disagreement include the Cartoon Network and its Adult Swim programming block, TruTV, HLN, TCM, Boomerang and CNN en Espanol. Turner's flagship networks TNT and TBS will not be impacted because they are part of a separate contract.

"Turner has worked diligently for months to come to a fair agreement including multiple extensions and compromises, and it's unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers," Turner said in a statement. "We are hopeful our counterparts will return to the negotiating table, and we'll get a deal completed."

"In the past year, Dish has successfully renewed agreements with many large content providers," said Warren Schlichting, senior VP-programming, Dish Network. "As a result, we are confident that we have offered a deal to Turner that reflects an appropriate value for our customers."

"Dish has had a productive relationship with Turner Networks for many years," Mr. Schlichting added. "We regret the service disruption to our customers, and remain committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to Dish's programming lineup."

This is the latest dispute among pay-TV operators and programmers in the last several years that has resulted in a blackout. Last month Suddenlink, the seventh-largest cable operator, removed Viacom's channels from its lineup.

Dish in particular has been involved in several major disputes, having removed AMC channels from its lineup in 2012 for some time.

For Turner, the incident comes amid a major reorganization of the company that is resulting in the more than 1,400 layoffs.

CNN in particular has already eliminated some 300 positions, according to reports, canceling shows like "Crossfire," "CNN Money with Christine Romans" and "Unguarded with Rachel Nichols." Digital chief K.C. Estenson is also leaving as part of the changes.

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