Dish Inks Retrans Pact With Maryland Stations

Dish Network, locked in a lengthy carriage dispute with 21st Century Fox cable channels Fox News Chanel and Fox Business Network, managed to reach a smaller retrans pact with two Maryland stations on Dec. 31.

While the cable battle rages on – as do retrans disputes with three North Carolina stations, owned by Capitol Broadcasting, WRAL (CBS) and WRAZ (Fox) in Raleigh, N.C. and WILM (CBS) in Wilmington, N.C. – Draper Holdings Business Trust, owner of WBOC (CBS) and Fox 21 (Fox) in Salisbury, Md., said it had reached a deal with the satellite TV company.

"WBOC-TV and FOX21 are pleased to announce we will continue to be available to Dish subscribers,” the stations said in a statement. “We have reached an agreement designed to secure continued carriage of our top-rated stations on Dish for the foreseeable future. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the support and understanding our family, friends and neighbors here on Delmarva have demonstrated this week."