KBJR-TV and KDLH 3 were dropped from DISH Network at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
KBJR, in a press release distributed late Wednesday afternoon, said it has been working on a new agreement with DISH for the past several months — and offered DISH five extensions to provide more time to complete a new agreement.
“But unfortunately, we could not agree to the demands DISH was requiring for a new agreement,” the station wrote.
KBJR said it has successfully reached new agreements with every other multi-channel video programming service that carries its station.
“In all other cases, we feel we reached fair and reasonable agreements, agreements that reflect the current marketplace, and not one of those negotiations resulted in our station being dropped from the service,” KBJR wrote.
DISH has a long track record of disputes and blackouts with broadcasters, KBJR said, including a current national dispute with Univision as well as other local stations, so what is happening with KBJR is not unusual.
Viewers can express their concerns by calling DISH at 800-333-3474.
Meanwhile, KBJR NBC continues to be available over the air, along with CBS (6.2), MyNetwork TV (6.3) and KDLH CW (3.1) and is available on Charter Spectrum, DirecTV, Paul Bunyan, Mediacom and seven other multi-channel video programming services in the Duluth-Superior area.